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Acknowledgments Writing this book has involved intellectual and personal odysseys that were as exciting as they were unexpected. Thinking through the workings and effects of biomedicineprovided an opportunity to extend to the individual body ideas about the operation of professional discourses and systems of control and about the gendered nature of power that I have applied elsewhere to the social body, or population, as a whole. This project has also been therapeutic in the broadest sense. The assistance and support that so many people rendered along the way helped not only to fashion a book but also to recreate a body and a self. Few words can convey the depth of gratitude I feel toward the colleagues, friends, family members, and physicians who have been involved in this project. A number of colleagues in anthropology, sociology, and medicineread virtually the whole manuscript for me. Adele Clarke, Kay White Drew, Val Jenness, Arthur Kleinman, Karen Leonard, Bill Maurer, Art Rubel, and Ed Winckler provided detailed editorial and interpretive comments that helped me to sharpen the writing and to clarify the arguments. Susan DiGiacomo, Sharon Kaufman, and Ginny Olesen, who reviewed the book for the Press, provided new references and posed provocative questions . Sandra Harding and Sara Kramer read parts of the manuscript and offered piquant critiques that forced me to seeproblems I had not wished to see. Through their bodily ministrations and associated conversations, rheumatologist Sara Kramer, neurologist Denise Barbut, and opthamologist Edward Wong offered models of physician empathy and partnership relations with patients that can hardly be surpassed. They represent biomedicine at its best. Adel Earn, Hugh Smythe, and Frederick Wolfe, all specialists in fibromyalgia, provided generous help in sorting out the facts from the fictions surrounding that condition. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to my family, especially to my mother, whose loving cards and caring conversations sustained me in a difficult time; to my sisters, Cindy and Jo, whose countless phone calls and unxi xii / Acknowledgments conditional support mattered more than they can know; and to my father , whose concern and comments helped to strengthen my self and my writing. I am indebted also to Debbie Barrett, Nancy Naples, Kathy Radke, and Nancy Riley for giving so unfailingly to a friend in need. Special appreciation goes to Karen Bohan, whose understanding of the human condition and powers of empathy helped bring me back to the world of the living; to Adele Clarke, whose honest reactions to an early draft greatly strengthened the manuscript; to Frances Benson, who took time from her editorial work at Cornell University Press to encourage a writer she had never met; and to Jen Heung, whose subtitle now graces the book's cover. Discussions with Mike Burton, Liisa Malkki, and many others who have shared with me their personal experiences of illness and health care helped me to see how pervasive the problems documented in this book are. A seminar at the MacArthur Foundation gave me a welcome chance to share this work at an early stage. Emily Martin and Rayna Rapp provided precious words of encouragement along the way. Finally, at the publication stage, Ethel Churchill offered valuablesuggestions on how to proceed. Rob Borofsky helped get the book published. Mimi Kusch was the ideal copyeditor. And Naomi Schneider, my editor at the Press, helped in countless ways to bring this project to fruition. ...


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