Category Archives: Rohmer, Sax

A noted practitioner of alternative medicine

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Machiavellian MD: his goal is global mastery for the greater glory of Cathay

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.

Dr Fu’s

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.

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 18.35.42Dr Fu performs

what sounds like genetic modification on various dangerous organisms that might later come in handy.

He is possessed of

ferocious cunning and ruthlessness.

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 17.03.27In The Devil Doctor, he

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.

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Sinister, merciless cunning

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Voracious vermin of Guangdong

Voracious vermin of Guangdong

The scorpions are obedient

The scorpions are loyal to Dr Fu

Horn of Africa baboons: of great strength and highly malicious

Horn of Africa baboons: of huge strength and malice

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The indestructible doctor

Dr Fu and assistant at work in his Museum Street lab

Dr Fu and assistant at work in his Museum Street lab