. . . Or never. A giant millstone of historical nonsense about a ""father of plastic surgery"" set in the late Italian Renaissance, when ""the mutilating specter of war dashed fiercely with the healing vision of peace."" While pondering that transcendental match, the reader may follow the constructions of surgeon Gasparo Tagiacozzi as he builds more stately noses, lips, etc., on soldiers, noblemen, whores and others. In addition to some dreadful failures, best not thought about, Gasparo has his troubles with the Inquisition. A childhood friend, frustrated in his homosexual designs on Gasparo, has him tried for heresy, etc., but Gasparo is acquitted when his friend fluffs the case by violating the unconscious Gasparo in his cell. Awful, just awful.