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Thomas Campbell at work
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by Charlie Finch

When I was a freshman at Yale in 1970 I took biology from a tall, formidable African-American professor named Richard Goldsby. On the first day of class, Dr. Goldsby showed us a year’s worth of autopsy results from the Boston morgue. "Ninety percent of these people had internal physical deformities which never showed up on medical records during their lives," Dr. Goldsby opined, "We each regard ourselves as normal, we come from our own frame of reference and assume it is universal. There is no such thing as normal."