Clinical and anthropologic perspectives differ. As a clinician, I hear the stories of my patients every day, then search for theories that will explain what I heard. The authors of Commodifying Bodies appear to have started with theories, and then looked for people's stories to confirm and illustrate their theories. I sometimes struggle to leave my patients' stories behind when I go home. Anthropologists struggle to find the stories, spending hours obtaining grants, and looking for people who know other people who can find them people to interview. I was frustrated by the stories in this book, which were often flat, lifeless fragments devoid of the richness, longitudinal perspective, and complexity of the stories I hear every day. We learn that Mr. Tati bought a kidney, suffered a heart attack, and recovered. Yet we know nothing about his life before or after his hospitalization. We do not even know whether he had a family.