The registrar stood open-mouthed next to the professor. Before them was a twisted unicorn’s horn, an echo of that owned by the widow Dimanche, who sold water-cress in the streets of Paris. The patient was unmoved.
Plans were made for the removal of the horn. The patient nodded and thanked the doctors.
The registrar whistled as they walked away. “A shame there were no students today, eh, Prof…”, he said.
The professor’s eyebrows raised, “No students?”. The professor smiled as they walked on, “we are all students, my boy, we are all students…”
“Madame Dimanche, called Widow Sunday, a French woman living in Paris in the early 19th century, grew, in six years from the age of 76, a 24.9 cm (9.8″) horn from her forehead before it was successfully removed by French surgeon Br. Joseph Souberbeille (1754–1846). A wax model of her head is on display at the Mütter Museum, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, US.”