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Acknowledgments Over the years of work that have gone into this book, I have had the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Hampton Fund of the University of British Columbia. I have received funding from other sources as well: Riverview Hospital (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. I thank them for their support. For their research assistance, I also thank the Wellcome Institute for the History and Understanding of Medicine. I am grateful, too, for the resources of the libraries of the University of British Columbia. Over these years, I have presented some of my work in the form of conference papers and other talks. I appreciate the comments of audience members I encountered at meetings of the American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology; Conference on College Composition and Communication; Society for the Social Studies of Science; Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis; Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric; International Society for the Study of Narrative; Conference on Narratives of Disease, Disability, and Trauma; UBC Faculty of Nursing; UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Green College Science and Society Lecture Series; and the Vancouver General Hospital Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. Chapter 5 contains versions of two published essays: “Contesting Death, Speaking of Dying,” Journal of Medical Humanities 21 (Winter ix 2000): 29–44; and “What Is a Rhetoric of Death?: End-of-Life DecisionMaking at a Psychiatric Hospital,” Technostyle 16 (Winter 2000): 67–86. Portions of chapter 6 were published as “Public Discourse and Public Policy: Some Ways that Metaphor Constrains Health (Care),” Journal of Medical Humanities 18 (1997): 217–31. Thanks to both journals for permission to reprint portions of these essays. I have enjoyed life in a community of rhetorical scholars, whose members have contributed to and improved my work. First among them are Nan Johnson and Andrea Lunsford, who made it possible for me to do the work at all—and Karen Burke Lefevre, Anthony Paré, Richard Coe, Carolyn Miller, Randy Harris, Carol Berkenkotter, Joan Leach, Bill Keith, and Philippa Spoel. I am grateful for comments on work in progress and for conversations more generally on health and medicine to Leah Ceccarelli, Tom Couser, Susanna Egan, John Gilbert, Ian Gummeson, Maurice Bloch, Sholom Glouberman, Alan Bernstein, and Eric Cassell. For conversation and encouragement, I also thank Barry Luger, David Lotto, Barbara Dresner, Michael Barden, Sybil Faigin, Jessica Emed, and Marcia Segal. Further thanks go to my students, especially in graduate and majors seminars , for all the thinking we have done together. Colleen Derkatch deserves special thanks. I have, for the duration of the project, been a faculty member in the English department at the University of British Columbia. I thank, especially , the PhDivas—Patsy Badir, Miranda Burgess, Siân Echard, and Sandy Tomc—for making life there quite a lot of fun. I am fortunate to have had the most wonderful research assistants. Nora Lusterio saw me through the first part of the project, and Katja Thieme took over after a while. They both were creative, reliable, and indefatigable collaborators on the book. I am grateful for the expert suggestions of Celeste Condit and Mary Lay Schuster, the manuscript’s anonymous reviewers, who are now revealed. Thanks also to Karl Kageff and Carol Burns at Southern Illinois University Press and to Mary Lou Kowaleski, my amazing copyeditor. Stephen Straker was my colleague, advisor, neighbor, and friend, and, more than he knew, he made this book possible. Alan Richardson read and talked to me about every chapter. He gave me ideas and time and care. No one could be smarter or more generous. My final thanks are to Moberley and Gabriel Luger, clearly the world’s best children, for love and patience, constancy and company. They make me want to work and, thank goodness, also make me want not to. x Acknowledgments Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine ...


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