A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
This book is the product of many years of
study, unfolding relationships, and interdis-
ciplinary a≈liations that cut across both my
professional and personal life. It has been
nurtured by more people than I can count,
and it would be impossible to thank them
all individually. Foremost are the patients
and parents who took part in this project.
Their powerful stories and struggles are the
most important motivation for this book. I
also thank the clinicians and sta√ who
shared with me many aspects of their work
and lives, as well as their own struggles. I
am grateful to all participants in the treat-
ment program I studied for their active in-
terest in this project, as well as their pro-
ductive points of disagreement. I hope they
find in these pages a depiction of hospital
life that resonates with their experiences,
and that they recognize something new in
my descriptions as well.
Donald Pollock introduced me to the field
of medical anthropology in a way that al-
lowed for interdisciplinary articulations, and
he encouraged this project at an early stage.
At the University of Chicago, Jean Comaro√
and Sharon Stephens provided intellectual
and practical support, kind words, patient
advice, and enthusiasm. At Stanford, I ben-
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