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Numerology/ Dr. Mutter & 19th Century Surgery

Date Tuesday - October 7, 2014
Host George Noory
Guests Glynis McCantsCristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

In the first half, numerologist Glynis McCants reviewed some of her past insights from her appearance on the show in May 2014, when she said there would be a "test of faith" in July, and major political upheaval in August. She cited the ISIS treatment of Christians in Mosul as an example of the test of faith, and the beheading of journalists by ISIS as forcing Obama to act politically. Regarding the Ebola virus, it breaks down a number "8," the dark side of which is being a victim, as well as having to do with money issues, she said.

Speaking of the number "8," 2015 is an "8" year cycle-- which has both positive and negative aspects, Glynis pointed out, with the two circles in an 8 representing the ability to get off track, but then get back on. She also covered the number patterns associated with both Joan Rivers and Robin Williams-- they shared some interestingly numerological similarities, but had different lifepath numbers. Williams, she noted, was an "8" lifepath in a personal year of "8" which made him more susceptible to the effects of depression.

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In the latter half, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, discussed her research on Dr. Thomas Mutter, a pre-Civil War surgeon who specialized in radical surgery on the severely deformed in a time before anesthesia. Mutter was a professor of surgery who collected unusual specimens, which were important to illustrate various medical conditions. His collection of medical oddities eventually became the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

One of the items in his collection was a model of Madame Dimanche, a woman who grew a horn from her head, which was used to teach the earliest forms of plastic surgery. In an era when medicine was unregulated, and germ theory was unproven, Mutter was influential in his practices, such as insisting on cleanliness in his surgeries, Apotowicz recounted. He also developed an innovative surgical technique to treat burn victims that became known as the "Mutter flap," in which skin is transposed from one part of the body to another.

News segment guests: Robert Felix, Steve Kates

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