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Jason has had unsuccessful brain surgery for his epilepsy. My visit to him is now forever associated in my mind with the horror of the gingerbread man

By Paul Broks   March 2005

Welcome to my head. Meet Ferdie the gingerbread man. He’s a chain smoker. He lacks depth, as gingerbread men do, and when he draws on his cigarette there’s no place for the smoke to go. It perfuses his biscuity body for a second and then seeps out in blue wisps, forming an aura. You wouldn’t want to eat Ferdie. I’d been working hard all afternoon preparing a lecture on epilepsy surgery when the gingerbread man swaggered into my thoughts. He was fully formed—his name, his appearance, his nicotine addiction and his attitude (louche with a streak of menace). He must…

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