On the List: Fixing America's Failing Organ Transplant System

On the List: Fixing America's Failing Organ Transplant System

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by Steve Farber
     
 

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Two families came together in the waiting room of a Denver hospital on May 11, 2004, to await kidney transplants for loved ones. In the first operation, Gregg Farber, 32, a real estate executive, donated a kidney to his father, Steve, a 60-year-old Denver lawyer and power broker. In the second, Guatemalan refugee and landscaper Ernesto Delaroca, also 32, donated a

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Two families came together in the waiting room of a Denver hospital on May 11, 2004, to await kidney transplants for loved ones. In the first operation, Gregg Farber, 32, a real estate executive, donated a kidney to his father, Steve, a 60-year-old Denver lawyer and power broker. In the second, Guatemalan refugee and landscaper Ernesto Delaroca, also 32, donated a kidney to his sister Sandra, 19, a restaurant worker. The stories of how the Farber and Delaroca families made their separate journeys to the operating room offers insight into the hazards and inequities of a cobbled-together system that each year leaves more than 98,000 gravely ill Americans on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant. Steve Farber's experience inspired him to write On the List with Harlan Abrahams. They examine the ethical, legal, political, and economic debates over organ transplant policies, expose the gray market for transplants in Third World countries, and propose solutions to one of the world's most pressing health issues. An informative and inspiring guide to those who face transplant operations, the book is also a call to reform a system that is truly, and fatally, flawed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605294971
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
08/18/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
813 KB

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Meet the Author

Steve Farber is a founding partner of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, a law firm with offices nationwide, where he has represented the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets. He has served as commissioner of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, co-chair of the Host Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and member of the board of directors for the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation. He also founded the American Transplant Foundation, which seeks to eliminate the shortage of human transplant organs in the United States. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

HARLAN ABRAHAMS is a lawyer, writer, and educator. Formerly a tenured professor of constitutional and administrative law, he is a frequent lecturer on public policy. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Willy More than 1 year ago
"On The List," is an excellent update on both the human issues and the medical issues of the organ transplant policies in the United States. It is the story of kidney transplant donations from Gregg Farber to his father, Steve Farber, an influential Denver lawyer, and from Ernesto Delaroca, a Guatemalan refugee and landscaper, to his sister Sandra. The genius of the book is the way the authors interweave the personal stories with the legal, ethical, political and economic aspects of organ transplant issues, in addition to examining the gray market for organ transplants in the Third World. The personal stories hold the reader's attention while he or she masters the data essential to bringing reform in the organ transplant system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ON THE LIST is what all investigative journalism should be: great story telling that allows us to understand complex and difficult issues. In the case of ON THE LIST, the authors weave a great non-fiction story to illuminate an ethically, socially and scientifically complex topic in a personal and very human way. Not just a book for those directly involved in transplant operations. A must read for those interested in health care system issues, medical ethics and a compelling tale on an important and timely topic.
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