THIS STORY IS BASED ON HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF DEPOSITION AND trial testimony and on thousands of pages of documents, memos, and files, as well as on conversations. I have made every effort to present these records and conversations accurately. In order to present a readable narrative of the events, I took minor liberties with the text that did not change the gist of the testimony or content. References are provided in the endnotes to allow interested readers to pursue these subjects in more depth. With the exception of a few instances involving individuals who have been required to sign confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements—in one case involving a patient of Dr. Hangarter’s and in the case of Joan’s fiancé—all names ...

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