A couple of years ago a friend of mine passed along articles from a British newspaper about a surgeon in Scotland who had amputated the legs of two patients, at their own request. There was no medical reason for the amputations; the people simply wanted their legs lopped off. After recovery, both patients publicly stated how much happier they were without their bothersome limbs. Having exhausted my interest in trepanation -- a medical procedure that involves drilling a tiny hole into the top of the skull to heighten awareness -- I looked into apotemnophilia, a relatively new but burgeoning mental disorder in which people separate themselves from their appendages in order... More >>>