The science of ‘Game of Thrones’ — how did Samwell get those gloves?

Kent Sepkowitz, MD, is an infectious disease specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Here, Dr. Sepkowitz weighs in on this week’s season premiere of “Game of Thrones” and the unexpected appearance of a modern surgical procedure.

Game of Thrones” season 7 started out with some favorite old tropes — a mass poisoning, some maybe-treachery, rabid megalomania — but introduced an odd new focus for consideration: rubber gloves.

The nebbish Sam Tarly, newly arrived at the fabulous Citadel, has discovered that his dream job has its limits, at least initially. Last season on Time Warner’s TWX, -0.11% HBO, we watched him go gaga at his first glance at the library, all smiles and hope.

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