Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”
—Annie Dillard (New York Times, May 28, 1989)
Bruce H. Campbell is a head and neck cancer surgeon and a faculty member in the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. He has published creative nonfiction in The Journal of The American Medical Association, The Journal of...