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The Appendix and the Spectacles (1928)
Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
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There sometimes seems to be an unlimited supply of stories based on the idea that we may be unaware of extra dimensions around us (just like the inhabitants of Flatland). But, each one has its own special features. Here we see it from a medical perspective: what are the implications for surgery and malpractice?

Appears in Mathematical Magpie.

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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
MediumShort Stories,

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