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Advance Praise for "A Fullness of Uncertain Significance" - Rita Charon, MD PhD

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

Dr. Bruce Campbell sets a new milestone for doctor-writers. As an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon, he treats patients with the most advanced and aggressive cancers imaginable. Internists like me wonder how head and neck surgeons like him do it; this book gives me the answer. Dr. Campbell brings luminous sight to his work. His writerly gifts let him capture the delicate and the solemn, the tragic and the everyday dimensions of illness. Not a set of doctorly instructions (though instruct it does), A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace lays open the profound mysteries and truths and awe about this life of ours. These stories will change lives.

-Rita Charon, MD, PhD; Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics; Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, New York City; Editor of Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

From Dr. Campbell:

Dr. Charon is the doyenne of Narrative Medicine, so having her look at my book was humbling. I met her at a conference at the University of Iowa several years ago and then again while completing a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine that she directs at Columbia University. Her work is at an entirely different level; her writing draws on her rich background in literature and the humanities. She is thoughtful, inquisitve, accomplished, and deeply insightful.

Dr. Charon's work has been truly groundbreaking and will, hopefully, change the education of future physicians and healthcare professionals into a more narrative-based and culturally-humble endeavor. Having her endorse my book is an honor.

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