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Lisa Diedrich is an assistant professor of women's studies at Stony Brook University. She is currently working on a book entitled Treatments: Negotiating Bodies, Language, and Death in Illness Narratives.

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is the director of the Humanities Laboratory and the first director of the Jewish Studies Program there. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over seventy books. His first biography, Jurek Becker: A Life in Five Worlds, appeared in 2003 and his monograph Fat Boys: A Slim Book appeared in 2004; his most recent edited volume, A Jew in the New Germany—Selected Writings of Henryk Broder (with Lilian Friedberg), appeared that same year. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1982 (reprinted in 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986.

Robert I. Goler, an assistant professor of arts management at American University in Washington DC, has published widely on medical history. He is a recipient of the Lawrence D. Redway Award for Excellence in Medical History Writing from the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Joel Howell is the Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he is also a practicing physician as well as the director of the Clinical Scholars Program. His research focuses on the role of medical technology in clinical medicine.

David A. Kirby has a PhD in evolutionary genetics and postdoctoral training in science and technology studies with scientific publications in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Genetics. Social Studies of Science, Public Understanding of Science, and Science Fiction Studies have published his research on science communication and fiction. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University where he is studying research scientists who consult for fictional films.

Thomas W. Laqueur teaches history at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud and Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation.

Jonathan M. Metzl is an assistant professor of psychiatry and women's studies and director of the Culture, Health, and Medicine Program at the University of Michigan. In this capacity he works as an attending physician in the adult psychiatric clinics and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has written for the American Journal of Psychiatry, [End Page 205] the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Academic Medicine, Gender and History, Social Science and Medicine, Ms. Magazine, and SIGNS: The Journal of Women, Culture, and Society. His book, Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs, was published in 2003 by Duke University Press.

Suzanne Poirier is a professor of literature and medical education and the director of Medical Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She is a past editor of Literature and Medicine, and she has published extensively in the areas of narrative and literature in medicine. Her work includes Writing AIDS: Literature, Language, and Analysis (coedited with Timothy F. Murphy); Chicago's War against Syphilis: The Times, the Trib, and the Clap Doctor; and Stories of Family Caregiving: Reconsiderations of Theory, Literature, and Life (coauthored with Lioness Ayres). She is currently working on a book-length study of memoirs of medical education.

Stephen Rachman teaches English at Michigan State University where he has directed the American Studies Program. He is currently the 2003-04 William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University where he is working on a book on Peter Parker and Lam Qua. Most recently, he is a coauthor of Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow (Oxford 2003).

Tobin Siebers is a professor of English at the University of Michigan and director of the Program in Comparative Literature and of the Global Ethnic Literatures...


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