Doctor Johnson looked around the operating theater into the eyes of each of his esteemed colleagues and board members present. They watched him silently in fear and fascination as he held aloft for everyone to see, the instruments he would use for the procedures. He paused for a moment, smiling inwardly to himself thinking back to all those years ago to a much younger man.
He cleared his throat and began recounting past events to his audience as his hands began their work. How he had presented his claims to the board of directors announcing he had discovered madness to be a physical deformity, like a tumor, that developed specifically in the Hippocampus of the brain and was not an illness. At the time surgery on that area of the brain was impossible and fatal, but he insisted a procedure could be developed if the hospital consented. Continuing over outbursts of scorn and ridicule, Doctor Johnson assured all the sincerity of his claims and invited them to the operating theater where he would provide the proof by removing the madness from the brain of a mental patient. Instead of performing the surgery as intended, Doctor Johnson was dismissed from his position at the hospital and made a mockery of.
Within a month of his disgrace Doctor Johnson was approached by a private benefactor on the board of Bedlam hospital. After hearing about his findings and dismissal, Bedlam was instructed to hire him to continue his research and develop his techniques. Construction on a new operating theater and expansion to the hospital commenced secretly while Doctor Johnson sought out every tradesmen, craftsmen, artisan, architect, inventor, jeweler, clock maker, etc. to find someone with the skills capable of creating the delicate instruments he needed.
At the insistance of a colleague, Doctor Franklin who was visiting London from the colonies, Doctor Johnson was introduced to the strange German man who invented clocks and children's toys. He brought the toy maker to Bedlam where together the 'research' they performed helped shape the dozens of instruments created for the delicate work. One night instead of the toy maker showing up, a package was delivered to the doctor instead. Inside was a curious box and message telling him that their business was concluded and to "Use this in good health."
It did not take long for Doctor Johnson to understand the gift or put it to use. He performed and perfected his operation on countless inmates of Bedlam who were cured of their madness and set free upon London.
The fall of that year a silent epidemic fell upon London. Hospitals and Institutions were filled to capacity from vacant eyed people found wandering about the streets claiming their souls were taken while the police had their hands full from the sudden rise in suicides. Doctor Johnson discovered his procedure also 'cleansed the soul of evil thoughts.' So it was impossible for the cured patients to have had any part in the epidemic they now faced and this is why he had invited his colleagues.
Under his skilled hands he had worked tirelessly while he talked to his audience. He worked the instruments in his hands until they refashioned into the shape of the Pandoric and he handed it to a nurse who wiped the blood and bits of grey matter away with alcohol. Doctor Johnson looked about the room at his captive audience and breathed a heavy sigh washing his hands.