Bruce H Campbell's Writings
SURGICAL PRODUCTS MAGAZINE – July/August 2013 issue
Late Adopter I stroll into an operating room down the hall and find one of my young surgical colleagues fiddling with the XR-T9-Astro attachment before firing up the controls on the latest CJXM-533-Ultra. The back table is laden with a variety of unfamiliar sterile packs. Lights are blinking. The console emits a futuristic hum. I am jealous....
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. -Annie Dillard My grandchildren will never know the sound of a busy signal. My phone calls rarely connect directly to a living person. More often, after two rings, a pre-recorded voice greets me. If I am standing, I sit. If I am sitting, I lean back. If I am...
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...