Looking Within

Looking Within

Understanding Ourselves through Human Imaging

Cullen Ruff


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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.


Cullen Ruff:
Cullen Ruff, MD, is a radiologist in private practice, and an associate professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Fairfax, VA, where he has received awards teaching medical students.Chapters from Looking Within have appeared in Radiology Today and UU World magazines, and in 2019, Ruff won a Washington, DC Moth story slam narrating a chapter from Looking Within.The author has published in online forums Univadis, Doximity, KevinMD, ImagingBiz, XrayVsn, and Waiting Room; and radiology magazines Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Business Journal, in addition to scientific journal articles. Ruff is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology.