Ac know ledg ments
First and foremost, there are not words sufficient to express my gratitude to
the patients, family members, and transplant professionals in Mexico who
so graciously let me into their lives and shared so generously of their time,
energy, space, ideas, joys, frustrations, hopes, doubts, and everyday habits.
The most astonishing and deeply moving thing about anthropology is that
people allow us to do it, and I feel profoundly privileged to have been al-
lowed to do it in this place with these par ticular people. Although their indi-
vidual names do not appear here for reasons of confidentiality, their stories
and words are the lifeblood of this book. I hope I have done them justice.
My entrée into the transplant community in Guadalajara, as well as my
efforts to make sense of that world, were profoundly enabled by Dr. Javier
García de Alba García at the Unidad de Investigación Social, Económica y
en Servicios de Salud, along with his colleagues Ana Leticia Salceda- Rocha,
Juan Antonio González Barrera, Evangélina Herrera Solís, and María Faus-
tina Campos- Arciniega. With great generosity and good humor, they pro-
vided me with an institutional home and a lively intellectual community,
as well as guidance both sensitive and candid in navigating the scholarly,
po litical, and personal challenges of fieldwork in Mexico. Through their
friendship and the many adventures (culinary, literary, musical, matrimo-
nial, and otherwise) into which they invited me, I came to experience Gua-
dalajara in a way that would not have otherwise been possible. In addition, the
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