Friday, March 10, 2006

taH [a] tlhIngan

The title is Klingon for "Be a Klingon!". This (linked) BoingBoing posting links to a wired article about subdermal implants! These weird creations are only implanted by Tattoo artists whom cannot obtain Anesthetic so idiots electing for this treatment have to simply bear the pain... The surgical implement of choice for these Tattoo artists? A butter knife...

An uneasy Dr. Phil Haeck is quoted:
When an implant goes bad, it can require surgical correction, skin grafts, and still leave permanent disfigurement. If an implant site becomes infected, the tissue over the implant can die. "If it isn't done a perfectly sterile environment, the infection can be a disaster,"

This is ritualistic scarification in a different form. I can't imagine (a doctor) wanting to become involved in this area. This is a deviation in surgery that has no place for someone that has taken the Hippocratic Oath and wants to serve mankind.

So, if you want to become a Klingon and die with honour, go to America and get a subdermal implant from any good Tattoo shop!!!

To be fair, the Tattoo artist in the article "Emilo" has had formal training for this type of procedure. But this would seem to be the exception!

Read the original Wired article
Link to the BoingBoing post

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