When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon / Joshua D. Mezrich.
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- ISBN: 9780062656209
- ISBN: 0062656201
- Physical Description: x, 371 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
- Copyright: ©2019
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-358) and index.
|Summary, etc.:|| A transplant surgeon discusses the pioneers, science, and ethical challenges of organ transplantation as well as the ways that organ transplants have revolutionized medical care, and offers illuminating stories of his own patients.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
Skillfully stitching medical memoir to medical history, transplant surgeon Mezrich shares stories of patients and donors, provides profiles of pioneers in the field of organ transplantation, and serves up some self-examination. He's in awe of the anatomic beauty and physiologic brilliance of the organs that are transplantedâkidney, liver, heart, lung, and pancreas. He describes what a transplant operation looks like from the surgeon's vantage, marveling every time an implanted kidney pinks up and begins emitting urine or a donated liver starts secreting bile. Mezrich explains the procurement (formerly called harvesting) of organs primarily from recently deceased people but also from healthy living donors. A breakthrough in the survival of transplant patients was the use of immunosuppressant medications (in particular, cyclosporine, FDA-approved in 1983) to prevent rejection of the organ. Mezrich reflects on the toll of waiting for an available organ on patients as well as the emotional burden of his job, complex ethical questions about who receives transplants, and who makes those life-or-death decisions. Organ donors are the real heroes in Mezrich's enlightening transplantation chronicle. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
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