When my colleague Javier Escobar, M.D., brought me to see his hometown of Medellin, Colombia, he took me first to the University of Antioquia, where he had gone to medical school before his emigration from Colombia to join departments of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, UCLA, and now Rutgers. He showed me the School of Public Health, which had been founded by Hector Abad, M.D., a Colombian doctor who had also received his medical education at the University of Antioquia and then done his postgraduate work in Minnesota. He explained to me that during the political violence that had wracked Colombia, Abad had been assassinated as he spoke at the memorial of an assassinated younger colleague, also a human rights advocate, where the would-be assassins (likely paramilitary) knew he would be. In fact, as I would learn in the book, Abad carried the newspaper report of his name on a death list in his pocket when he was killed. I am particularly interested in understanding how our fellow physicians choose to act in such terrible times, when moral choices must be made, because I ask myself what choices I make and do not make and what consequences I am prepared to accept. This book was written by Abad’s only son, Héctor Abad-Faciolince, himself a well-known author. Although it begins as a son’s reminiscence of his father, written in the style of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it ends with the younger Abad comparing his choices to his father’s, asking himself the same questions.