Ray Barfield received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published several books: "Life in the Blind Spot" (poetry), "The Book of Colors" (a novel), "The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy", "Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World", "The Poetic Apriori: Philosophical Imagination in a Meaningful Universe", "Dreams and Griefs of an Underworld Aeronaut" (poetry) and "The Practice of Medicine as Being in Time".