Damn. This guy does not only traipse through interesting times being a naive youth, he's got a cursed luck too... and there come the valves
Some pages later:
"The machine will produce the results of a prefrontal lobotomy without the negative effects of the knife,"
Christ. It's shock therapy.
"Why not castration, doctor?"
"Then why don't you try more current?"
"You suggest it?"
"I do, why not?"
"But isn't there a danger . . . ?" the voice trailed off.
"Look, he's dancing," someone called.
An oily face looked in. "They really do have rhythm, don't they? Get hot, boy! Get hot!" it said with a laugh.