Dr Julie Brownlie is a lecturer in sociology at Stirling University. Her research interests are in the sociology of the body, childhood and trust and in sociological explorations of therapeutic practices.Dr. Alexandra Greene is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology in the School of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests are in chronic illness, patient-centred care and concordance, with a particular focus on the experiences and perceptions of and interactions between young people, the family and health care professionals.Alexandra Howson, M.A., Ph.D. has taught and researched sociology at several universities in Scotland, where her interests focused on overlapping fields of the body, gender and health. She has published widely in these areas and has also written two books The Body in Society (Polity, 2003) and Embodying Gender (Sage, 2005). She is currently an independent Research Consultant in Northern California.