AS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER WRITTEN a book knows, it is not a solo project. Rather, it is a collaborative effort. My only fear is that I will fail to say a public thank-you to one of the persons who helped bring this book to term.
First, I wish to thank Toni Schossler and Kristin Garris for the long hours they spent researching, editing, and typing drafts of various parts of this book. These two young women are gifted and generous individuals who will make important contributions of their own to society. Toni is entering the Ph.D. program in medical humanities at the Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Kristin has completed her M.A. in religious studies at the University of Virginia.
Second, I want to thank Frances Alexander for all her help typing this manuscript. Without her assistance this book would never have seen the dawn of day. I also want to thank Jean Newman, my administrative assistant for picking up the slack on this project. Jean helped me through many of the most frantic days.
I also want to thank Catherine Pusateri at Westview Press. She is a one- woman cheering team who always encouraged and supported me. In my estimation, she is the perfect editor for someone like me. I also want to thank my able copy editor, Alice Colwell, and the anonymous reviewers who offered insightful comments and critiques.
Finally, I want to thank Davidson College for its support of this project and my husband, Jerry Putnam, for lending me a helping hand, a sympathetic ear, and a strong shoulder as I worked on this book. He bore the brunt of my bad writing days, and he did so with good humor and constant patience.
Rosemarie Putnam Tong