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Siobhan Bartley is originally from London, England, but moved to Little Rock three years ago. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a B.A. Hons in English Literature and subsequently gained an M.A. in Information Services Management. At present she works as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute of Government, where she primarily conducts qualitative analysis of local racial attitudes. “Naming the Black Dog” is her first publication.

Jeffrey Berman is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University at Albany. He is the author of ten books, including, most recently, Death in the Classroom: Writing about Love and Loss.

Cynthia J. Davis is a Professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is the author of Bodily and Narrative Forms: The Influence of Medicine on American Literature, 1845–915 (Stanford UP, 2000) and the co-editor of two essay collections on Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Her articles have appeared in journals including Arizona Quarterly, American Literary History, American Literature, and ATQ. She has devoted the past decade to her biography of Gilman, forthcoming from Stanford in 2009.

Lisa Diedrich is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Stony Brook University and author of Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minnesota, 2007). She is currently working on a book called A Prehistory of AIDS: Doing Health and Illness, 1960–985, which traces the continuities and discontinuities between AIDS activism in the early 1980s and several earlier transformations of the practices of health and illness.

Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of Calgary. He is the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (1991, new edition 2002), The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (1995), and The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live (2004). He is currently working on a book with the working title, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology.

Perri Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University. She has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Her nonfiction includes A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years As A Medical Student, and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training, as well as Every Mother is a Daughter, coauthored with her mother, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In, coauthored with Eileen Costello. Her fiction includes the novels, The Mystery of Breathing and Other Women’s Children, and her most recent books are Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor and The Mercy Rule, a novel. Klass also serves as Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit which promotes early literacy through doctors and nurses who provide primary care to young children. [End Page 115]

Karen Mutsaers, an interdisciplinary social scientist specializing in mental health problems amongst children and youth, works at the Netherlands Youth Institute. This expert center connects scientific research in the realm of the physical, cognitive, mental, and social development of children and adolescents to the practitioners’ need for knowledge.

Until 2008, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Neil Scheurich’s clinical activities have included inpatient and outpatient work, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. His research interests involve philosophy and the arts as they relate to psychiatry and medicine, and he has published articles in Academic Medicine, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and Hastings Center Report among other publications. Most recently he has assumed the role of independent scholar (producing the humanities-oriented Ars Psychiatrica Blog since August 2008) and practices psychiatry in rural North Carolina.

Kirk Smith is Arnold P. Gold Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He completed doctoral studies at the UTMB Institute for the Medical Humanities in 1998 and graduated from the UTMB medical school in 2000. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital where, concurrent with his clinical duties, he was faculty associate at the Georgetown Center for Clinical Bioethics. He has published both in the United States and abroad, including a series on the medical humanities published in JAMA and articles (in...


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