Bill Burke's first book, an artist's book, printed at Nexus Press, Atalanta, is a collage of photographs and illustrations from medical texts, catalogues, and the Bible. Burke draws parallels between snake handling Christians, Hmong tribespeople, and western surgery techniques. "In this unusual book, Bill Burke has combined his photographs of religious snake handlers with a selection of his explicit pictures of animal and human surgery. He interweaves this work with excerpts from the Bible, quoting St. Mark who wrote of casting out demons. Also included are passages from Richard Selzer's Mortal Lessons, in which Selzer writes of entering the body during surgery. A beautifully designed book with full page bleeds, collages, and drawings that contribute to Burke's unsettling view."