Dalrymple explains that in a series of novels by Sax Rohmer, Fu Manchu is a shadowy physician
of brilliant intellect. He is intent upon taking over the world on behalf of China.
medical accomplishments are unconventional.
His therapeutic armamentarium includes
- obedient and well-trained poisonous scorpions
- obedient and well-trained Australian death adders
- obedient and well-trained poisonous centipedes
- immensely strong and malicious Ethiopian baboons
Dalrymple notes that the diabolic doctor, in his laboratory in Museum Street, WC1,
manages to extract a gaseous anæsthetic from the common puffball.
what sounds like genetic modification on various dangerous organisms that might later come in handy.
He is possessed of
ferocious cunning and ruthlessness.
tries to get Dr Petrie to kill Nayland Smith with a samurai sword to prevent him from being eaten alive by Dr Fu’s starving Cantonese rats – the most ravenous in the world.