Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer / Edition 1

Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer / Edition 1

by Lesley A. Sharp
     
 

The human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body to another most certainly relieve suffering and extend lives, they have also irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values assigned to the body. In

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Overview

The human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body to another most certainly relieve suffering and extend lives, they have also irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values assigned to the body. In Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies, Lesley A. Sharp probes the ideological assumptions underlying the transfer of body parts, the social significance of donors' deaths, and the medico-scientific desires surrounding complex forms of body repair. She also considers the experimental realm, in which nonhuman species and artificial devices present further opportunities for recovery and controversy. A compelling scientific investigation and social critique, Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies explores the pervasive, and at times pernicious, practices shaping American biomedicine in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138383
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Good DeathManaging and Memorializing the Dead

2. Body CommoditiesThe Medical Value of the Human Body and its Parts

3. Human, Monkey, MachineThe Brave New World of Human Hybridity

EpilogueThe Future of the Body Transformed

NotesReferences CitedIndex

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