Enough to kill, not to save?

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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.


------------------------------------------ 2.15.2015
Amputation in 1716
The mysteries of opium
Printed in London in 1700


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.


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

8 Responses

  1. Oh dear- this doesn’t sound promising. I was just reading about battlefield medicine ca. 1705 and it was pretty horrific. At times like these I’m extremely grateful for modern medical technology!

  2. The future looks bleak for Albert–and for the rest of them by association–if he doesn’t survive. Good 8, Jean. 🙂 Interesting time period you’ve chosen to write. Is this the same as Christina’s?

  3. Very interesting time period. “Plenty of schnapps and some opium” – totally conveys Albert’s bleak outlook, something which I assume was common during this time. Looking forward to more!

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