Theresa MacPhail: Courage Comes with Practice


After an accident killed her brother, Theresa MacPhail found many of her usual childhood activities restricted — her mother wouldn’t allow them in hopes of protecting Theresa. Now an adult, MacPhail believes courage comes from facing one’s fears.

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Theresa MacPhail is a medical anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley. A writer and former reporter, she authored “The Eye of the Virus,” a fictional account of a bird flu pandemic. MacPhail lives in Berkeley with her fiancé and two cats.