Editor's Note Vol 3: Iss 2

When I think of the contributions in this issue, the thought that comes to mind is reflection. The written pieces tell stories of life moving forward and stories reflecting on life past; stories of pain and suffering and of letting go of too much too soon; the reflection of the life of a beloved parent, an addict, and those contemplating retirement—even a story of the serendipity of the unexpected desire for a shot of tequila.

The visual art pieces highlight the hands of a surgeon, the hands of an athlete, and the "hands" of an eagle; a shoulder series, and an inviting autumn day.

—Max McMillen, ELS

The Brush of the Savage Artist

Artwork, Volume 3; Issue 2

The Brush of the Savage Artist

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The scalpel (from the Latin, scalprum, a tool for scraping or paring) has served as the key to unlock the mysteries of the body, the tool that initiates the sacred act that is “surgery.” The first scalpel blades, used by the Egyptians were made of obsidian, a material that is still used today in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a “#10” blade, formerly the most commonly used variant. With the widespread adoption of minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, this gracefully curved and elegant blade has given way to the sharply angled “#11” blade.