The Courage to Fail: A Social View of Organ Transplants and Dialysis

The Courage to Fail: A Social View of Organ Transplants and Dialysis

by Renee C. Fox, Judith P. Swazey
     
 

Written by a sociologist and a biologist and science historian, this text considers the social aspects of organ transplantation and chronic hemodialysis. Their research, begun in 1968, focused on the experience of research physicians engaged in this work, the "gift- exchange" social dimensions of these practices, and the impact of these technologies on society as a…  See more details below

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Written by a sociologist and a biologist and science historian, this text considers the social aspects of organ transplantation and chronic hemodialysis. Their research, begun in 1968, focused on the experience of research physicians engaged in this work, the "gift- exchange" social dimensions of these practices, and the impact of these technologies on society as a whole. This reprint of the 1978 edition includes a new introduction by the authors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"For a reader interested in the contemporary history of medicine, we can recommend no book more highly than The Courage to Fail.... It is beautifully and clearly written; it is fascinating in its treatment of the history of one of the most publicized of the new medical technologies-organ transplant and renal dialysis." —Journal of History and Medicine "This book is a 'must' for every young physician and surgeon who is involved with the trial of the new procedures in the environment of the modern teaching hospital." —New England Journal of Medicine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226259437
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/01/1979
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
438

Meet the Author

Renée C. Fox is Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences and emerita senior fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books.

Renée C. Fox is Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences and emerita senior fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books.

Judith Swazey is an independent scholar and an adjunct professor of social and behavioral sciences at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her many works include Merger Games and The Courage to Fail.

Judith Swazey is an independent scholar and an adjunct professor of social and behavioral sciences at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her many works include Merger Games and The Courage to Fail.

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