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Organ Transplantation
Meanings and Realities
Edited by Stuart J. Youngner, Renée C. Fox, and Laurence J. O'Connell


"A beautifully written and very interesting book. Almost every aspect of the transplantation process is considered in detail."—Norman E. Shumway, M.D.

In transplantation, the living parts of a person are offered in life or death to others, known or unknown, who are in the end stages of grave illness. Donated organs are implanted not only in the bodies of recipients, but in their beings. This thought-provoking book, a collaboration among an exceptional group of scholars and physicians, ponders the far-reaching connections of transplantation to human experiences and raises questions that are at once elemental and transcendent. It explores matters of life and death, body and mind, psyche and soul, self and other.

Sponsored by the Chicago-based Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics, the volume is the result of extended discussions among a group encompassing many religious and cultural traditions and many fields of expertise: philosophy, art, religion, folklore, psychiatry, anthropology, literature, history, social psychology, and surgery. Whether considering scientific advances in organ transplantation and their implications for medical morality, ambiguous images of organ transplantation in centuries of art and literature, the practices of organ procurement, or the complex bonds that are forged between donors, recipients, and their families, these essays carry our understanding beyond the typical scientific and pragmatic issues raised in discussions of bioethics and public policy. Organ Transplantation: Meanings and Realities enriches our social discourse by revealing some of transplantation's most profound and hidden truths.

"An exciting and significant contribution to the literature on organ transplantation, timely in its pursuit of understanding the complicated meanings associated with organ donation and transplantation."—Patricia Marshall, Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

Stuart J. Youngner, M.D., is professor of medicine, psychiatry, and biomedical ethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, and director of the Clinical Ethics Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Renée C. Fox is Annenberg Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Laurence J. O'Connell is president and chief executive officer of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics.

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Organ Transplanation is a red book with a medieval-looking painting of people with halos standing around a man on a sickbed

April 1996

312 pp.      6 x 9
12 b/w photos    
ISBN    Paper $22.95 s

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