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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 16, Brian rated it really liked it. Sins of the Flesh is an excellent, vintage horror novel from the '80s. Truly enjoyable and a quick, easy read. Mar 04, Anthony rated it liked it Shelves: my-collection. Nice little late 80's horror tale. A Wendigo is released from an old spell, wreaking havock on a small town. Worth picking up if you can get it cheap.
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Sins of the Flesh is a train that never stops with its momentum. Jesse Sikes is the most brutal and ruthless protagonist I've encountered. While the book had classic scenes of 80's scenarios and frightful moments, I thought Jesse's encounter with his parents was sort of cringe worthy especially with his mother the way he talks to her.
It never dragged which was a good thing but I felt it could have taken a different route and still of been just as good. Apr 06, F. Nicholls rated it it was amazing. Absolutely loved this one. One of my favourite horror novels of all time, so much so that I read it twice in the space of three weeks.
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Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 7. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Princess Lally was a happy child until her mother's untimely death.
Sins of the Flesh by Don Davis
When her devastated and distraught father locked himself away, she was left to grow into adulthood without parental guidance. Product Details About the Author. Average Review. Write a Review.
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They understood the body in terms of balance. In a model dating back to Hippocrates, different proportions of four basic qualities hot, cold, moist and dry established four complexions or temperaments: sanguine hot and moist , choleric hot and dry , phlegmatic cold and moist and melancholic cold and dry. Each complexion was dominated by a different element and a different humour or bodily fluid — respectively, air and blood, fire and yellow bile, water and phlegm, earth and black bile.
In addition, men were thought to be warmer than women, and the old to be cooler than the young. Disease resulted from an excess or deficiency of one humour, so treatment aimed to restore equilibrium. Hot, fiery spices could compensate for a lack of warmth, while cooling herbs and balms tamped down excess. Beautiful, complex diagrams illustrate this set of correspondences; a famous example is carved above the entrance to the Warburg Institute. Academic medicine, grounded in the doctrine of humours, was a textual rather than experimental science.
In less prestigious areas of medicine, however, empirical progress was made. Surgeons stood at the bottom of the hierarchy because they acquired their craft through apprenticeship, rather than books, but they developed considerable skill in setting fractured bones and treating wounds — always in plentiful supply from battle. Their medical diagrams are not for the squeamish.
One favourite image, called the Wound Man, depicts a naked figure whose body bristles with swords, knives and arrows. He is also afflicted with plague buboes and suffers the simultaneous bites of a rabid dog, a snake, a bee and a scorpion, not to mention a toad that ravages his stomach. Around this gruesome figure, dozens of captions suggest treatments for each wound. Powerful taboos militated against dissection, but sporadic exceptions emerged in late medieval Italy, where professors of medicine anatomised the corpses of condemned criminals.
Illustrations portray these early gross anatomy labs as the theatrical events they were. And there are more shocking cases.
In a petty thief in Paris was sentenced to hang. But on the date set for his execution, a group of physicians and surgeons petitioned Louis XI to let them vivisect the living man instead, opening his belly to examine his entrails. On completing their experiment, the surgeons sewed the man up and, within a fortnight, he made a full recovery, receiving amnesty and generous compensation for his pains.
Some operations fell within the purview of specialists. The tenth-century dentist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi, working in Muslim Spain, described a form of orthodontia, replacing extracted teeth with dentures made of carved animal bone and tied in place with gold thread. Rhinoplasties, performed in Byzantium as early as the fourth century, were perfected by the Sicilian surgeon Branca Minuti in the s, after an outbreak of syphilis created growing demand for that surgery. In its advanced stages, syphilis can cause the bridge of the nose to collapse.
Cosmas and Damian, third-century brothers who became the patron saints of physicians, performed a unique operation that became known throughout Christendom. A Roman cleric whose leg was being devoured by gangrene prayed to the saints before falling asleep and experienced their healing ministrations in a dream. Though the miracle was often illustrated, the tale offers no comment on the biracial transplant.
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Race was just one of many forms of bodily difference, often accentuated in art and law. Demons were always black or brown, and artists frequently exaggerated the hue of dark-skinned enemies.
Interracial mating gave rise to profound anxieties. In Parzival , a Grail romance by Wolfram von Eschenbach, the marriage of a European prince with an African queen produces a piebald son, though no stigma attaches to him. Indeed, he is considered handsome. But in the Middle English King of Tars , after a sultan weds a Christian princess she gives birth to a lifeless, formless lump of flesh. The monstrous birth provides a testing ground for the rival faiths. Needless to say, the sultan converts — whereupon his black skin turns miraculously white. Jews, unlike Muslims, could be indistinguishable from their Christian neighbours, so a majority bent on making their difference visible enforced it by law, requiring them to wear special hats, yellow badges, or other distinctive garb.
Some late medieval Passions show a very white Christ tortured by darker, hook-nosed Jews. Sumptuary laws, adopted within all three faiths, disciplined many kinds of body. In Mamluk Cairo, Jews were required to wear yellow and Christians blue.