Saul has a marvelously dark sense of humor.
In Mortality Distilled, Saul has spent his first day working at Cedar Manor nursing home, and is now driving home. He had been a physician in the 19th century, but left the profession when he came to believe (accurately, as matters would show) that he was doing more harm than good. Based on this experience, he is deeply cynical about the entire medical profession. However,
“He would have to grant at least this much to the current powers of medicine: at no other time in history could so many people have been retained alive in such an advanced state of decay. Cedar Manor was mortality distilled.”
The remainder of the installment consists mostly of self-reflection, and, I must add, illustrates a type of moral courage that I personally can only aspire to.
And then comes the thunderbolt. — Stephen