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This book was born in September 2013 after Lisa Meloncon had invited me, several months earlier, to give a keynote talk at the first University of Cincinnati ’s“Discourses of Health, Medicine, and Society” symposium. I had just finished a couple of major projects,and I needed a new one.Somehow,through the mysterious process that is rhetorical invention, The Hormonal Woman became that new project. Thanks to Lisa for giving me that exigency—without it, the book probably wouldn’t exist. Thanks also to the many participants who listened to that talk and offered feedback that set the research and writing in motion. I am also grateful to participants in the 2014 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Writers’ retreats: Kaye Adkins, Lora Arduser, Dawn Armfield, Kristin Bivens, Tracy Bridgeford, Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Browne, Cassie Christopher, Kirsti Cole, Kenny Fountain, Robin Hart, Erin Justyna, Donna Kain, Amber Lancaster , Meghan McGuire, Kathy Northcut, and Candice Welhausen. The inspiration that came from hanging out and doing some serious writing with you all came at crucial times in the drafting process. Plus, it was a lot of fun. My professional community at Texas Tech has provided a vibrant environment in which the material for this book could emerge and take shape. Colleagues and graduate students in Technical Communication and Rhetoric listened to me talk about this project at the May seminar in 2015 and 2016, and my graduate students in several iterations of the medical rhetoric seminar listened to me talk about bits and pieces of the research and offered insightful feedback. I especially want to thank Kelli Cargile Cook for intellectual inspiration , conversations about feminist matters, and serving as both a mentor and collaborator in the academic jungle. In 2015, Kelli also started a writers’ group that brought together several of us and gave us space to discuss our research. Thanks also to Joyce Carter, Michael Faris, Becky Rickly, Abigail Selzer-King, Greg Wilson, and Rachel Wolford for participating in this group and taking their turns to host it. Chris Christofides at Texas Tech also deserves a huge amount of credit for stepping up at an extremely challenging moment in my administrative career that occurred right in the middle of Acknowledgments 19094-Koerber_FromHysteria.indd xix 19094-Koerber_FromHysteria.indd xix 1/15/18 4:41 PM 1/15/18 4:41 PM xx acknowledgments drafting the manuscript. Chris settles for nothing less than perfection in everything she does. Plus, she makes me laugh on the days when that is most important. Because of my January 2017 move from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Media and Communication, the circle of Texas Tech colleagues and friends I want to acknowledge has greatly expanded during the course of writing this book. I will be forever grateful to David D. Perlmutter, Dean of the College of Media and Communication, for making possible this new and completely unexpected professional opportunity. And every single day, I experience gratitude for all the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Media and Communication who have taken me in and made me feel welcome from the very first day. Finally, this manuscript has benefitted greatly from presentation and networking opportunities provided by the Texas Tech University Faculty Research Club, the Texas Tech Humanities Center, and the Texas Tech Women Faculty Writing Program. The final round of revisions got a good jump-start at the Women Faculty Writing Program retreat in January 2017, sponsored by the President’s Gender Equity Council and led by Elizabeth Sharp. And I was able to complete these revisions, even during an insanely busy time, because of this program’s weekly three-hour writing sessions that were held throughout the course of spring semester 2017. The project has benefitted from several forms of research funding at Texas Tech, including a Scholarship Catalyst Program grant that supported archival research in 2014–2015, a faculty development leave in 2015–2016, a Humanities Center Fellowship in 2016, and research funds from the Department of Communication Studies in 2017. Kristen Albert supported my research at the National Endocrine Society Sawin Library in May 2015, and Jack Eckert supported my research at Harvard University’s Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine in July 2015. Florence Gillich and John Gallagher at Yale University’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library promptly and courteously helped me obtain reproduction-quality versions of the images of hysteria patients that appear in chapter 3. Thanks to...

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