Sunday, May 30, 2010

Maria's "A Different Person" (short story, dementia, free)

Recall "Jurassic Park" episode where missing fragments of dinosaur DNA are patched with DNA fragments from some African frogs - resulting in their unexpected breeding in the wild? This story is a variation of this idea.

Story summary.

Narrator is a neurosurgeon who's just operated upon her own dad who had an advanced case of dementia. Procedure involved introducing extra brain material into his head. Lacking time to grow it in a lab culture from patient's own brain tissue, she kills another man to get mature neurons for surgery. With results you can already guess...

Fact sheet.

First published: Medgadget, 6 December 2006.
Download full text from publisher's site (need to click "Read More..." at bottom of page & scroll down to see this)
Rating: B.