Gary Bortolotti is Professor of Biology and the Houston Professor of Ornithology at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of over 120 scientific publications and two books on the ecology and behavior of birds. His current passion in research concerns the evolution of color and the causes and consequences of stress. This article, written with his sister, is his first foray into humanities research.
Jay Clayton is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Romantic Vision and the Novel (1987), The Pleasures of Babel: Contemporary American Literature and Theory (1993), and Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture (2003). He is currently working on a book on literature and genetics.
Lennard J. Davis is Professor of English, Disability Studies, and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of numerous books and articles with two forthcoming works: Obsession: The History of a Disease (2008) and Country of Lost Children: A Science Memoir about Artificial Insemination and DNA Testing (2008). He is the Director of Project Biocultures.
Rebecca Garden is Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University. A PhD in English literature, she teaches courses on literature, illness, disability, and medicine to medical students and nurses, as well as to students in the humanities and social sciences. She has published on the global black market in organs and Korean film and is currently at work on a book project on women, illness, and power in the late eighteenth-century novel.
Bernice L. Hausman is Professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she has taught since the fall of 1995. She is the author of Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender (1995) and Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture (2003), and is working on a book-length manuscript entitled Viral Mothers: Imagining Breastfeeding in the Age of HIV/AIDS. Her articles have been published in Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Hypatia, Feminist Studies, NWSA Journal, Australian Feminist Studies, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She is coordinator and faculty advisor for the Medicine and Society minor at Virginia Tech.
John Hoberman is Professor and Chair of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the history of hormone therapies [End Page 601] and the history of medical racism in the United States and colonial societies. His books include Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping (2005) and Darwin’s Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (1997). His book-in-progress is Black & Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism.
Linda Hutcheon holds the rank of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of nine single-authored books, most recently A Theory of Adaptation (2006), and three coauthored books on opera and medicine with Dr. Michael Hutcheon.
Arthur Kleinman, MD, is one of the world’s leading researchers in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. He is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He is the author of six books, including Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture (1980); Culture and Depression (1985); Social Origins of Distress and Disease: Depression, Neurasthenia, and Pain in Modern China (1986); The Illness Narratives (1988); Rethinking Psychiatry (1988); Social Suffering (1997); and, his most recent book, What Really Matters (2006).
Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with affiliated appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He has dual training in humanities and psychiatry, and he writes and teaches at the interface of medicine, humanities, and cultural studies. Lewis is the author of Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry: Birth of Postpsychiatry (2006) and associate editor for the Journal of Medical Humanities.
Robert Markley is Professor of English and Romano Professorial Scholar at the University of...