The Knife

Joy Harold Helsing
Last Modified: July 16, 2003

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Five years ago a surgeon's knife
severed a breast
to save my life.

It was a fair exchange.
I still survive.
And I no longer need that chunk of flesh
to feed a child
or lure a lover.

But I have become a voyeur.
In spite of myself, I often stare
at high, firm mounds under tight clothing,
bare bosoms over daring décolletage,
bold bulges enhanced by clever brassieres.

I try not to be envious.
I have had my day.
Yet I can't stop feeling
such things should come in pairs,
not a lopsided solo
like mine.

And I want to warn
the beautiful, innocent girls
flaunting their beautiful, innocent wares--
enjoy it--
enjoy it
while you can.

Intelligent Knife IDs Tumor Biochemistry During Resection

Jul 19, 2013 - For patients undergoing tumor resection, the coupling of rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry with electrosurgery, an approach known as the intelligent knife, has been validated as an intraoperative approach to accurately identify tissue, according to a study published in the July 17 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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