What would it be like to have x-ray vision?Beyond diagnosing illness or injury, can images of ourselves tell us more about life?What if you could see that an accident victim will never walk again; that a young mother has breast cancer; or that a teenager is brain-dead and will be removed from life support? Can imaging help us better appreciate the complexity of existence, our strengths and vulnerabilities? Does looking into the body give insight into what it means to be human? Would it allow you, at least indirectly, to glimpse evidence of the human soul?Looking Within is the first mainstream collection of dramatic non-fiction narratives about discoveries in patients found by medical imaging. Ruff highlights the wonder and mystery of the human body, literally and metaphorically looking inside of others. Each story describes a patient in whom a life-changing discovery is made: tumors, stroke, domestic violence, substance abuse, sterility, unexpected pregnancy, infection, surgical complications, evidence of criminal activity, mental illness, even impending death. Dr. Ruff’s words, images, and insights help us see ourselves like never before.
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Looking Within is a gripping and highly readable exploration of the classic connection of mind and body. In a series of portraits Dr. Ruff sketches vivid insights into the human spirit.
Fascinating, Captivating, and Informative Stories
Dr. Ruff translated his expertise and experience in human imaging into simple and easy to read unique short stories. I believe anyone can understand even if you don’t have any background in the medical field. This book drew my attention from the first chapter through the end. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend anyone to read it.