I acknowledge the following people for helping make this book a reality:

Julie Silver, MD, chief editor of books at Harvard Health Publications, who conceived the idea for this project and assembled the author team. We thank you for your tireless patience and advocacy.

Tony Komaroff, MD, editor in chief of Harvard Health Publications. We appreciate your passion for bringing medical information that is practical, accessible, and accurate to the public.

Linda Konner, our literary agent. Your ability to shape a project and bring all parties to the table is unparalleled.

Liz Neporent, our mutual supportive friend and book-writing champion.

Kate Bradford, our wonderful Jossey-Bass editor, who helped guide us through the writing process ...

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