Raising the Dead: Organ Transplants, Ethics, and Society

Raising the Dead: Organ Transplants, Ethics, and Society

by Ronald Munson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195132998

ISBN-13: 9780195132991

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132991
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1A modern Lazarus : Robby Benson's heart1
2Mickey Mantle's liver, part 1 : the case26
3Mickey Mantle's liver, part 2 : the issues46
4The others may live : the dead-donor rule and anencephalic infants67
5Kidney for sale : is it ever right to sell your kidney?98
6Donors of last resort : protecting vulnerable people125
7Kurosawa in Clifornia : the baby Fae case and unproven treatments145
8But are they really dead? : is no heartbeat enough for death?172
9Xenotransplantation, part 1 : chasing the dream192
10Xenotransplantation, part 2 : fearing the worst, hoping for the best220
11Grow your own organs : stem-cell engineering and regenerative medicine238

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