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Josef, a “barber surgeon” with hopes for real medical training; his brother, Fritz, a master builder; their cousin, Albert; and a friend, Simon, are heading back go their home in Kolberg after a punishing battle in Prague.
Albert has been shot in the leg and the wound is festering. He will die unless they amputate without fatal blood loss. It is toward the end of the 30 Years War.
Albert had awakened and was talking but making no sense.
Night had fallen. Josef couldn’t risk surgery at night.
But tomorrow at first light. No longer.
He had his surgical tools and a makeshift tourniquet that never worked very well, plenty of Schnapps and some opium. He shook his head.
Might be just enough to kill someone, but not enough to save him.