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None of this work would have been possible without my co-collaborators, each an incredible artist in their own right: Mateo Salcedo (Director of Photography), Nikko Tonolete (Assistant Photography Editor), Haley Ricciardi (Assistant Photographer), Danielle Russo (Director of Movement and cast member), Antuan Byers (cast member), Roya Fereshtehnejad Carreras (cast member) and Ingrid Kapteyn (cast member). The photographic work by Mateo, Nikko and Haley is the keystone of this project. Danielle’s intellectual design of movement and careful curation of physical expression is evident in each photograph; her expertise was invaluable in this collection’s composition. Each with their own sensitive approach to movement and site-specific artistry, Antuan, Roya and Ingrid brought life to what before was just an idea. Along with Danielle, they are the artistic foci of this work.

In addition, I would like to thank a number of individuals whose input was absolutely central to tension identification and description. My father, psychiatrist Dr. John Zebrun, provided a characteristically insightful and appropriately critical sounding board during initial stages of project development. Drs. Bem Atim, Carolyn Drake, Melissa Dundas, Danielle Ofri and Katherine Ort all graciously offered time to help me refine each tension, situate it clinically, and explore its various potential manifestations. Katie Grogan (who also oversaw my Movement and Medicine work) and Arthur Caplan both provided essential feedback and mentorship along the way. Their support was unwavering, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from individuals so dedicated to, and knowledgeable about, the growing field of medical humanities.

Finally, I would like to thank the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM) for their support and enthusiasm around this project, as well as the Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Fellowship and Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine for their funding support. NYSIM facilities served as the setting for all photographs.

With thanks,

Nina Shevzov-Zebrun

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