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Vastyan and Mary Stephens, and Institute Director of Programs Thomas K. McElhinney, each of whom contributed valuable time and expertise in ways not readily apparent in this book. Eileen Thompson deserves thanks for her work as the recorder for the meetings, a difficult job which she managed with skill. Joan Bernardo, June Watson, Helen Melnyk, Margaret Moehle, and Marilyn Flanigan expertly typed the final manuscript. Page xv Prologue: Dramatis Personae In the spring of 1975 nine people met for the first time at Sugar Loaf Conference Center in Philadelphia.
Harold Gene Moss is currently on the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a member of both the Departments of English and Community Health at the University of Florida, he had done some serious thinking about literature and medicine before beginning this dialogue. He had once told a group of community physicians, for instance, that from the individual patient's point of view the situation of serious illness was essentially tragic, but from the doctor's sequential point of view, it was comedic.
Several times the group collectively moved towards that amalgamation which could be recognized as a new idea, that illumination so bright as to be an epiphany, only to move just as steadily away again. Epiphanies are disturbing when one is alone, but they can be downright embarrassing in front of strangers.