Doctor Bell is an optimistic psychopath. An optimist determined to try anything to develop a miracle cure for tinnitus. A psychopath with no medical training, morals, or HR department.
Bell’s studies promise more than shivers and fear of bathtubs, but the soft caress of terror that comes from unhinged experiments with unexpected consequences.
Join Bell and his sidekick Baldy through this book’s pages as they ignore science, safety, and setbacks while Doctor Bell attempts to find a cure and steal the title of best tinnitus researcher ever.
This book contains dark humour, violence, and coarse language. It is not appropriate for young or sensitive readers.
Every now and then, I come across research where the authors expose human subjects to dangerously loud sound levels. This violates the Helsinki Declaration on research ethics. Whether or not there is hearing recovery after the exposure ends, there is likely permanent progressive auditory health damage.
I used to write emails and contact authorities or decision makers. Nobody seemed to care. Disclaimers are used. Subjects are asked to sign informed consent releases. Journals publish findings, regardless.
It got me thinking. What is the worst thing a researcher could do to a subject in the name of a tinnitus cure?
What if they didn’t know anything more about ears than you could learn from Google?
What if their only interest was making billions in cure $ale$?
What if they were a psychopath who didn’t really care about any of their Subjects?
Study 421: Rotary is the result. I wrote it for a Halloween 50 word flash fiction event. I couldn’t stop thinking about my “doctor” and what he might be up to next. This was not the first or the last of his studies.
Study 421: Rotary
“I can fix you,” muttered Bell.
She struggled against the restraints. Uselessly.
He carefully selected a bit. Sizing it to her ear canal until satisfied. The drill buzz was louder than any tinnitus she had known.
“It should work…this time,” he murmured as the drill spiraled into her ear.
Study 1: Desensitization
Tears slipped gossy down Drew’s cheeks. “But everyone has told me nothing can be done. You just have to learn to live with it. Learn to cope.”