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Londe, Joseph. Joseph Londe was created by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Peter Benskin, General Besserley, Stanley Brooke, Joseph P. Cray, John Dickens, Nicholas Goade, Malcolm Gossett, Peter Hames, B. Jasen, Gerald Jennerton, Algernon Knox, Ambrose Lavendale, John T. Laxworthy, Baroness Claire Linz, Mannister, Lucie Mott, Sanford Quest, Aaron Rodd, Peter Ruff, Monsieur Sabin, Michael Sayers, Jasper Slane) and appeared in ten stories in The Strand from Nov. 1920 to Aug. 1921; the stories were collected in The Terrible Hobby of Sir Joseph Londe, Bart. (1927).
Joseph Londe is an Evil Surgeon. During World War One Joseph Londe, an Australian, was a surgeon at the front, and a great one—he was given a baronetcy by the king for his services. But something went wrong, and Londe and his head nurse both went mad and killed two men. They were in an asylum until they were cured, after which time they disappeared. He reappears in a small town outside of London and begins gassing men with an anesthesia of his own invention and performing brain surgery on them. You see, Londe is still mad: “One day a small portion of my brain went red. There was a great deal of red about in those days…so long as I cannot replace that little portion of red brain, I am mad. They had to put me in an asylum for two years, and I may have to go back again some day, unless I can find a man with a natural-colored brain, from which I can help myself.” He tries and tries, and many suffer as a result, but ultimately he fails and dies.
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