Editing To Improve Health and Health Care 2001: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology has been a great pleasure in large part because of the excellent team with whom we worked. Most have been colleagues in this endeavor for all four Anthology volumes and we would like to acknowledge their contribution.

If books had godparents, Frank Karel would be the godfather of the Anthology series. In addition to writing a fascinating memoir that appears later in this volume, he continued to offer guidance and share his wisdom at all stages of the process.

William Morrill, Patricia Patrizi and Jonathan Showstack formed the committee that reviewed each manuscript. Their insights and thoughtful analysis greatly strengthened this Anthology. C.P. Crow improved the quality of writing and the style of this Anthology as he has for each of the previous volumes; his contribution was immeasurable. Molly McKaughan brought her intimate knowledge of the Foundation’s programs and her editor’s touch to bear in enriching each of the chapters. Richard Toth and Julia Painter reviewed dates and dollars for accuracy and corrected them where necessary—a role that gives us a great feeling of security. Hinda Feige Greenberg worked miracles in finding even the most obscure documents. Deborah Malloy and Sherry Georgianna were invaluable in handling administrative matters within the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Linda Potts oversaw with great aplomb the contract under which the Anthology was produced, and Joseph Wechselberger was rapid and responsible in his financial analyses. Emily Snell provided valuable research assistance and graphic skills.

Andy Pasternak, Gigi Mark and Amy Scott at Jossey-Bass made the book’s production seem easy. Ty Baldwin entered the edited material and Chris Chang served as our fact-checker; our thanks to both. We also would like to express appreciation to Susan Hassmiller, Paul Jellinek, Terrance Keenan, Beth Mastin, Denis Prager, Mark Sachs, Lewis Sandy, Steven Schroeder, Gloria Smith and Victoria Weisfeld for their review of chapter drafts.

Finally, we owe a special debt of gratitude for the outstanding contribution of John Rodgers, the research and editorial associate for the Anthology series. John showed himself to be a consummate professional as he guided the book from idea stage through publication—and still managed to find time to co-author a chapter. His impact on the quality of the book cannot be overstated.