The Resource Raising the dead : organ transplants, ethics, and society, Ronald Munson

Raising the dead : organ transplants, ethics, and society, Ronald Munson

Label
Raising the dead : organ transplants, ethics, and society
Title
Raising the dead
Title remainder
organ transplants, ethics, and society
Statement of responsibility
Ronald Munson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Perhaps no medical breakthrough in the twentieth century is more spectacular, more hope-giving, or more fraught with ethical questions than organ transplantation. Each year some 25,000 Americans are pulled back from the brink of death by receiving vital new organs. Another 5,000 die while waiting for them. And what distinguishes these two groups has become the source of one of our thorniest ethical questions. In Raising the Dead, Ronald Munson offers a vivid, often wrenchingly dramatic account of how transplants are performed, how we decide who receives them, and how we engage the entire range of tough issues that arise because of them. Each chapter begins with a detailed account of a specific case-Mickey Mantle's controversial liver transplant, for example-followed by careful analysis of its surrounding ethical questions (the charges that Mantle received special treatment because he was a celebrity, the larger problems involving how organs are allocated, and whether alcoholics should have an equal claim on donor livers). In approaching transplant ethics through specific cases, Munson reminds us of the complex personal and emotional dimension that underlies such issues.; The book also ranges beyond our present capabilities to explore the future possibilities in xenotransplantation (transplanting animal organs into humans) and stem cell technology that would allow doctors to grow new organs from the patient's own cells. Based on extensive scientific research, but written with a novelist's eye for the human condition, Raising the Dead shows readers the reality of organ transplantation now, the possibility of what it may become, and how we might respond to the ethical challenges it forces us to confront
Cataloging source
IOD
Dewey number
174/.25
Index
index present
LC call number
RD120.7
LC item number
.M86 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Raising the dead : organ transplants, ethics, and society, Ronald Munson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A modern Lazarus: Robby Benson's heart -- Mickey Mantle's liver, part 1: the case -- Mickey Mantle's liver, part 2: the issues -- The others may live: the dead-donor rule and anencephalic infants -- Kidney for sale: is it ever right to sell your kidney? -- Donors of last resort: protecting vulnerable people -- Kurosawa in California: the baby Fae case and unproven treatments -- But are they really dead?: Is no heartbeat enough for death? -- Xenotransplantation, part 1: chasing the dream -- Xenotransplantation, part 2: fearing the worst, hoping for the best -- Grow your own organs: stem-cell engineering and generative medicine
Control code
ocn232159816
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (288 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280472961
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b21926438
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)232159816
  • ebsco0195132998

Library Locations

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