Salcman's medical career is winding down. At age 60, he is trying to reinvent himself as a poet. Like all artists, he dreams of making a lasting contribution, but fears that his best efforts will fall short. One of Salcman's favorite sayings, and the projected title for his second full-length manuscript of verse, is The Enemy of Good Is Better.
Salcman recovered, but gradually. Though he was ostracized by some of the kids, he was welcomed by "literary types." With his new friends, Salcman began writing poetry when he was in his teens.
Salcman always had traveled fast, both literally and figuratively. His car now is a gray BMW Z4, a convertible that he drives with the top down - an interesting choice for a brain surgeon. But it also indicates Salcman's confidence that he can zip around any hazards looming in the roadway.