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Ronald A. Carson, Harris L. Kempner Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, is the author of articles and essays on interpretive bioethics, problematic theology, and the responsible self in a genetic age. He is currently writing about medicine and the moral imagination.

Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar at Columbia University. She is director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia and, along with her colleague Maura Spiegel from the English Department, the recently named editor-in-chief of Literature and Medicine. Charon is currently completing outcomes research that demonstrates that narrative writing in medical school supports empathy, effective relationships with patients, reflection, and clinical courage. She is at work on a book called Narrative Medicine.

Tim Fonseca is a freelance, 3D computer-graphics artist who lives in Los Angeles, California. His web site at index.html displays many of his nanotechnology computer graphics images and models, as well as other scientifically related computer graphics images.

James J. Hughes is Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning, and Lecturer in Public Policy Studies, at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. From 1991 to 1996, he taught bioethics and health policy at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His weekly radio program on technology and politics, Changesurfer Radio, can be heard at

Anne Hudson Jones is a professor in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. A founding editor of Literature and Medicine, she served as the journal's editor-in-chief for more than a decade (1983-1994). Her articles on literature and medicine, medical humanities, and narrative ethics have appeared in such medical journals as Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, and the Lancet. She has received awards for her work from the American Osler Society and the American Medical Writers Association.

Craig M. Klugman has master's degrees in both anthropology and bioethics from Case Western Reserve and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His dissertation, "Exploring Experiences of Dying: An Analysis of Death Memoirs," explores oral narratives told by people who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member.

John Lantos is Chief of the Section of General Pediatrics and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Do We Still Need Doctors? (Routledge, 1997) and The Lazarus Case: Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care (Johns Hopkins, 2001), and editor (with Carl Elliot) of The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine (Duke, 1999). [End Page 94]

Lisa Lynch received a Ph.D. in May 2000 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she is teaching in the American Studies Department. Her work on the interrelationship of literature, art, medicine, and technology has appeared or will soon appear in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Mosaic, New Formations, the Journal of Medical Humanities, and Knowledge and Society. Currently, she is at work on a book about the aesthetics of narrative and visual representations of risk in contemporary American culture.

Giacomo Marchesi (James Gary) has had work published in many national magazines including Time, Newsweek, and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

Tony Miksanek is a family physician who works at the Good Samaritan Rural Health Clinic in southern Illinois, as well as an instructor in the Arts and Communications Department of Rend Lake College. He is the author of numerous short stories and essays and a frequent book reviewer. He is coeditor of the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database sponsored by New York University.

Thom Pfeil, who holds a master' s degree in architecture, received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1993, where he has been an assistant professor of family medicine since 1996 and an assistant professor of anatomy and neurosciences since 1998. He produces pen-and-ink drawings...


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