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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer Y. Ralston, MSW (Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
Description: This book provides an overview of many issues a recipient of a transplant may experience, including great detail regarding the various phases of transplant and the impact on the patient and caregiver. It would be a great tool to use for an introduction to the transplant service for new medical providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the many clinical and ethical issues raised in the area of transplantation. These objectives are worthy and are necessary to discuss, explore, and research as the need for transplant grows. The book is a wonderful tool to provide an introduction into the multifaceted world of transplant.
Audience: The book appears to be written for all members of a multidisciplinary transplant team. It is a great tool for the student, resident, nurse coordinator, nutritionist, social worker, psychiatrist, those in spiritual care, and anyone involved in the transplant team.The authors' credentials are not noted anywhere in the book, and it would be beneficial if they were provided.
Features: This is an overview of transplant for both solid organ and blood and marrow transplant. It also broaches the subjects of ethical, psychological, and social issues surrounding transplant. I found the chapter on adherence to the medical regimen in transplantation to be most useful as a transplant social worker. I was dissappointed in the chapter on substance abuse and transplantation as it did not provide any new information. It appears to be more of an overview of old studies rather than the presentation of new data on this topic.
Assessment: This book provides a great overview on the multifaceted issues of transplant. It would be useful tool for an introduction to transplant for new students and employees joining the transplant team.