Penname: SurgicalSteel [Contact]
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Member Since: 01/20/10
Membership status: Member

Biography:

Native Texan. Surgeon. Former military. Fortysomething.


I've loved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings since I read first read them at age 10, attempted to tackle Silmarillion for the first time at 12 (successfully got through it for the first time at 14), and once drove through a Category One hurricane to pick up my pre-reserved copy of one of the HoME volumes in college. The Atlas of Middle Earth seems to have found a permanent home by my bed. So, yes, you might say I'm a Tolkien geek.


I also geek out a bit on medical history, especially in three areas. Firstly, the fact that there are techniques and instruments that we think of as modern that in some cases date back thousands of years (rotational flaps going back well over 2000 years in India, attempts to repair bowel injuries being described in Ancient Rome, etc). Secondly, how advances in medicine and surgery have often come out of wars (modern nursing care from Crimea, blood banking out of WWI, repair of vascular injuries out of WWII and Korea, dialysis out of Korea, modern ventilators out of Viet Nam, etc). Thirdly, how things we think of as antique and not useful any longer really are quite useful (medical grade maggots and leeches, use of honey as a dressing material for wounds, etc).


I'm reading and writing fanfic for the love and joy of it.

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Stories by SurgicalSteel

A Family Visit by SurgicalSteel

Rated PG13
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Apprentice healer Serindë visits her family for the first time since her injury.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Dol Amroth
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2807    |    Read Count: 382
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/24/10    |    Published: 01/24/10
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Claiming by SurgicalSteel

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 Serindë's father arrives at the Houses of Healing for the first time since her injury and makes arrangements for her future.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2033    |    Read Count: 333
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/24/10    |    Published: 01/24/10
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Childish Squabbling by SurgicalSteel

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Two apprentice healers are chastised for arguing.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Childhood
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2097    |    Read Count: 1385
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/24/10    |    Published: 01/24/10
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Trading and Tidings by SurgicalSteel

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 Two fathers meet in an inn south of Bree, and exchange goods and news.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Bree
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2218    |    Read Count: 1639
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/24/10    |    Published: 01/24/10
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A Surgeon in the Making by SurgicalSteel

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In which a young Serinde studies in the Houses of Healing and becomes a master healer.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2903    |    Read Count: 1215
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/23/10    |    Published: 01/23/10
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Engineering by SurgicalSteel

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In which a very young Serindë arrives in the Houses of Healing for the first time.

MEFAs 2008: Second Place: Races: Men: Minas Tirith

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Hurt/Comfort
Places: Gondor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1845    |    Read Count: 1247
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/23/10    |    Published: 01/23/10
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The Finger That Would Not Heal by SurgicalSteel

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In post-Quest Minas Tirith, Frodo seeks medical care for a non-healing wound.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo, Original Female Character
Genres: Hurt/Comfort
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: 2. mild violence
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 4905    |    Read Count: 405
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/23/10    |    Published: 01/23/10
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