EXT. - FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
INT. - FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
INT. - UNIVERSITY LABORATORY
Freddy: If we look at the base of a brain which has just been removed from the skull, there's very little of the midbrain that we could actually see. Yet, as I demonstrated in my lecture last week, if the under aspects of the temporal lobes are gently pulled apart, the upper portion of the stem of the brain can be seen. This so-called brainstem consists of the midbrain, a rounded protrusion called the pons, and a stalk tapering downwards called the medulla oblongada, which passes out of the skull through the foramen magnum, and becomes of course the spinal cord. Are there any questions before we proceed?
Medical Student: I have one question, Dr. Frankenstein.
Freddy: That's Fronkensteen.
Medical Student: I beg your pardon?
Freddy: My name, it's pronounced Fronkonsteen.
Medical Student: But aren't you the grandson of the famous Dr. Victor Frankenstein who went into graveyards, dug up freshly buried corpses, and transformed dead components into...
Freddy: Yes. Yes. Yes, we all know what he did. But I'd rather be remembered for my own small contrubutions to science, and not because of my accidental relationship to a famous kook. Now if you don't mind, can we get on with your question?
Medical Student: Well sir, I'n not sure I understand the distinction between reflexive and voluntary nerve impulses.
Freddy: Very good. Since our lab work today is a demonstration of just that distinction, why don't we proceed. Mr. Hilltop here, with whom I have never woked, nor givin any prior instruction to, has graciously offered his services for this afternoon's demonstrations. Mr. Hilltop, will you hop up on your feet and stand beside this table. Nice hopping. Mr. Hilltop, would you raise your left knee, please? You have just witnessed a voluntary nerve impulse. It begins as a stimulus from the cerebral cortex, passes through the brainstem, and to the particular muscles involved. Mr. Hilltop, you may lower your knee. Reflex movements are those which are madeindependantly of the will, but are carried out along pathways which pass between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. You filthy, rotton, yellow son-of-a-bitch. We are not aware of these impulses. Neither do we intend them to carry out our contraction of muscles, yet as you can see, they work by themselves. But what if we block the nerve impulse by simply applying local pressure? Which can be done with any ordinary metal clamp just at the swelling on the posterior nerve roots for, oh say, five or six seconds. Why you mother-grabbing bastard. As you can see, all communication is shut off. In spite of our mechanical magnificance, if it were not for this continuous stream of motor impulses, we would collapse like a bunch of broccoli.
Mr. Hilltop: Oh, God.
Freddy: In conclusion, it should be noted... Give him an extra dollar.
Assistant: And extra dollar, yes sir.
Freddy: That any more than commen injury to the nerve root is always serious, because once a nerve fiber is severed, there is no way in heaven or on earth to regenerate life back into it. Are there any last questions before we leave?
Medical Student: Uh, Dr. Frank- Fronkensteen?
Medical Student: Isn't it true that Darwin preserved a piece of Vermicelli unto a glass case until, by some extraordinary means, it actually began to move with voluntary motion?
Freddy: Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?
Medical Student: Why the worm, sir.
Freddy: Yes, it sems to me I did read something of that incident when I was a student. But you have to remember that a worm, with very few exceptions, is not a human being.
Medical Student: But wasn't that the whole basis of your grandfather's work, sir, the reanimation of dead tissue?
Freddy: My grandfather was a very sick man.
Medical Student: But as a Fronkensteen, aren't you the least bit curious about it? Doesn't the bringing back to life what was once dead hold any intrigue to you?
Freddy: You are talking about the nonsensical raving of a lunatic mind. Dead is Dead.
Medical Student: But look at what has been done with hearts and kidneys.
Freddy: Hearts and kidneys are tinker toys. I'm talking about the central nervous system.
Medical Student: But sir?
Freddy: I am a scientist, not a philosopher. You have more chance of reanimating this scalpel than you have of mending a broken nervous system.
Medical Student: But what about your grandfather's work, sir?
Freddy: My grandfather's work was doo doo. I am not interested in death. The only thing that concerns me is the preservation of life. Class is dismissed.
Gerhart Falkstein: Dr. Frankenstein?
Freddy: That's Fronkensteen.
Gerhart Falkstein: My name is Gerhart Falkstein. I have traveled five-thousand miles to bring you the will of your great-grandfather, Baron Bofort Von Frankenstein.