Charles M. Anderson holds a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa. He teaches writing, healing narrative, and literature and medicine at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His publications include Richard Selzer and the Rhetoric of Surgery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006); Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice (coedited with Marian M. MacCurdy, National Council of Teachers of English, 2000); and numerous essays and chapters in a variety of periodicals and books, including Literature and Medicine, Word Tastings, and Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics. He is executive editor of Literature and Medicine.
Catherine Belling, whose training is in English, is research assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and associate director of the Institute for Medicine in Society at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, New York.
Janis McLarren Caldwell, MD, practiced emergency medicine for five years before pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Washington. She taught literature and science at Wake Forest University and is currently assistant professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Specializing in nineteenth-century literature and medicine, she has received grants for research at Cambridge University and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her first book, entitled Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Britain: From Mary Shelley to George Eliot (Cambridge University Press, 2004), examines the two-part history and physical exam that emerged in nineteenth-century medicine. She is now at work on a project comparing nineteenth-century representations of the face in science, visual art, and poetry.
Tod Chambers is associate professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and of Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. His areas of research include the rhetoric of bioethics and cross-cultural issues in clinical medicine. He is the author of The Fiction of Bioethics (Routledge, 1999) and coeditor of Prozac as a Way of Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). He is presently working on a second monograph on the rhetoric of bioethics.
Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar at Columbia University. She directs the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia and has been coeditor-in-chief of Literature and Medicine for the past six years. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2006) and coeditor of Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (SUNY Press, forthcoming). She is working on a book on Henry James. [End Page 568]
Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH, FACP, is professor and division head of Medicine in Society, Department of Preventive Medicine, and director of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society at Stony Brook University. He directs the ethics, humanities, and social issues curriculum for Stony Brook medical students, which includes the current offerings in palliative care, and chairs the University Hospital Ethics Case Consultation Service. His essays, stories, and poems appear frequently in medical journals and literary magazines and are widely anthologized. He has published four collections of poetry and written or edited several other books, most recently the fifth edition of The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (FA Davis Company, 2005) and Primary Care: More Poems by Physicians (University of Iowa Press, 2006).
Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, is assistant clinical professor of pediatrics as well as a member of the core faculty and advisory board of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is also on the faculty of the Health Advocacy graduate program and the prose writing faculty at the summer workshop Writing the Medical Experience at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the coauthor of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (Interlink, 1998) and the author of a memoir of her experiences at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (Fawcett, 1999). She is the coeditor of the collection, Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies (Kent State University Press, forthcoming).
Arthur W. Frank is a professor of sociology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of At the Will of the Body (Mariner, 1991); The Wounded Storyteller (University of Chicago...