Brian Volck is a pediatrician who lives in Baltimore and practices medical care in Maryland and on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. He received his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. He has published a volume of poetry, Flesh Becomes Word and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words.
Douthat is, I think, proposing a conversation. As a low-level functionary in the medical-industrial complex, I would like to take him up on that offer. There may be much to learn from sharing our stories. Whether others will join us is more than I can promise.
Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Wendell Berry wrote, “The time will soon come when we will not be able to remember the horrors of September 11 without remembering also the unquestioning technological and economic optimism the ended on that day.” This, I fear, was one of the rare times Mr. Berry missed the mark. Collective amnesia is an American strong suit.