I’ve been teaching Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health is Membership,” in a medical school elective, “Literature and Medicine,” for over a decade, so I have reason to reread it often. Some day, perhaps, I’ll exhaust what it has to teach me, but that day has yet to arrive. On this, my latest reading, I’m struck by the seriousness with which Mr. Berry takes the human body. He’s certainly more serious about it than many in my profession.
This is the third in a series of articles that reflect on Mr. Berry's essay "Health is Membership" (originally collected in Another Turn of the Crank, 1996). I hope you can find the time to read each of them ... and all that follow.