victim's: "In Latin, the word is victima and refers to the sacrificial beast. Paradoxically, this word comes from the older roots (veg- and vio-) meaning 'increase' and 'growth.' It is remarkable how frequently the word growth is used in relation to cancer and tumorous enlargement." (Lockhart,1977)

resurrecting: "the death of vegetation often appears as an image of human death and, at the same time, as a symbol of resurrection." (Von Franz,1986)

Vesalius: Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) was a Flemish anatomist. Among other accomplish-
ments, he was the first to dissect a human hand.

faceless: The patient is being treated for cancer of the parotid gland. "The parotid compartment is entered by several important vascular and neutral structures, the most important being the facial nerve which supplies motor fibers to all the facial muscles." (Tapley,1976)

laughter: "Straining so hard against the strength of night,/they fling their tiny voices on the laughter/that will not burn." (R.M. Rilke. From, "Untitled.")

crabs' legs: "The ancient association between crab and the disease of cancer developed from the physical resemblance between the legs of a crab and the radiating engorged veins surrounding a cancerous tumor." (Lockhart,1977)

saliva: Located near the ear, the parotid gland is a source for the secretion of saliva.

grid: "The electrons are accelerated linearly along a wavegrid consisting of a series of copper cavities. The electrons are carried through the cavities by a radio frequency wave whose phase velocity increases along the tube, which is designed so that the wave and the electrons carried by it remain in phase. The electrons are grouped in bunches so that the accelerated electrons emerge from the window in pulses..." (Almond,1976)

bleaching: "the X-ray could 'bleach' its way through the upper atmosphere, and detonate, destroying any satellite within its potentially long-range and line of sight." (Carter,1986)

surgical strike: "this 'medical model' is quite germane both to the psychology of nuclear developments and of mass violence in general, in which killing takes place within a fantasy of healing. Nuclear strategists follow this model when discussing 'surgical strikes'...(Perlman,1988)

St. Peregrine: Peregrinus Lazios (1260-1345), canonized in 1780. "The language for cancer is one of earth and plants. Even the patron saint for cancer, St. Peregrine, has a name which means 'to cross the fields.'" (Lockhart,1977)

whole being: "in fact, technology may prohibit us from asking the meaning of the whole. Not only does it direct our attention away from wholeness and symbols of wholeness, it actually denies the validity or possibility of unified meaning at all...we are unable to step outside the machine and ask about its ultimate meaning, for we are parts of the machine." (Chernus,1986)

lightning: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly's well-known story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein's cadaveric monster, who was animated by bolts of lightning. The abrupt shifts between life and death!

Quetzalcoatl's: "In the (Aztec) codices we often find (Quetzalcoatl) represented...as a god of life and of death. This again is expressive of his relation to the moon, which in waxing symbolized life; in waning, death." (Danzel,1960). Recovering after his radiation therapy, about a year later, the patient, a Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico, waned and passed away.