This book is a collection of essays about fitting the complexity of mental illness into the rhetoric of postmodernity. Here we find a chapter called "Performing Methods: History, Hysteria, and the New Science of Psychiatry," written by an assistant professor of sociology who "has published work on women, panic, and postmodernity, and on the technopoetics of Black-urban rap music" and "also experiments with multimedia performance." The chapter seems to be about anxiety disorders. Despite the chapter's claim to be about "the new science of psychiatry," of 32 psychiatric references, 15 are from 1969 or earlier, 14 are from the 1970s and 1980s, and none of the remaining three are more recent than 1994. The bulk of this chapter is the author's description of her participation in a Harvard clinical research study—panic disorder as performance art.