Charles M. Anderson is professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches expository and technical writing. He also teaches medical ethics and literature and medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His major publications include Richard Selzer and the Rhetoric of Surgery (Southern Illinois University, 1989) and an edited collection with Marian MacCurdy entitled Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice (National Council of Teachers of English Press, 2000). He recently edited a special issue of Literature and Medicine (Spring 2000) focused on writing and healing. Anderson has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Council of Teachers of English, College Composition and Communication, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is currently completing a memoir entitled Journey Time, which is both the fruit and the source of his work with healing narratives over the past twenty years.
JoanneTrautmann Banks became the first full-time professor of literature at a medical school when, in 1972, she joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. Her activities there included being Humanities Attending in a clinic as well as serving on a clinical ethics committee. She is known for her work on Virginia Woolf, having edited Woolf’s Letters. (Harcourt, Brace, 1975-1980). She also edited Literature and Medicine: An Annotated Bibliography (Society for health and Human Values, 1975; University of Pittsburgh, 1981), which contains over fourteen hundred literary works that illuminate thirty-nine topics, including abortion, euthanasia, and other topics in biomedical ethics.
Wayne Booth is professor of English emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he has taught for more than forty years. Of his many works related to this book, the most significant are probably The Rhetoric of Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 1961, 1983) and The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (University of California, 1988). He is currently working on a book on how the rhetoric of the “best” scientific thinkers overlaps with the rhetoric of the “best” theologians.