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The Resource When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon, Joshua D. Mezrich

When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon, Joshua D. Mezrich

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When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon
Title
When death becomes life
Title remainder
notes from a transplant surgeon
Statement of responsibility
Joshua D. Mezrich
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • "A gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most awe-inspiring achievements of modern-day medicine: the movement of organs between bodies. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate and profoundly moving work, he sheds light not only on the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day, but also on the incredible doctors, donors, and patients who are at the center of this near-unimaginable world. [This book] is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives. Mezrich examines more than one hundred years of remarkable medical breakthroughs, connecting this fascinating history with the inspiring and heartbreaking stories of his transplant patients. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, Mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor, conveying what the life of a surgeon is really like and how it feels to experience soaring victories as well as crushing defeats. He introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality--maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk-taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world. We hear the stories of the donors and the recipients, learn of the ethical issues involved, and celebrate the unbelievable strength of the human spirit. Mezrich takes us inside the operating room and unlocks the wondrous process of transplant surgery, a delicate, intense ballet requiring precise timing, breathtaking skill, and, at times, creative improvisation. In this illuminating work, Mezrich touches upon the essence of existence and what it means to be alive. Most physicians fight against death, but in transplantation, doctors take from death. Here the dead give their last remnant of life to the living--and Mezrich shares his gratitude and awe for the privilege of being a part of this transformative exchange. After all, the donors are his patients, too. Part history, part memoir, all completely riveting, [this book] offers the human story behind the most exceptional medical advancements of our time and stands as a beautiful, poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning."--Dust jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
FMG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mezrich, Joshua D
Dewey number
  • 617.9/54
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
  • RD120.7
  • RD120.75
LC item number
  • .M495 2019
  • M49 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • Mezrich, Joshua D
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
Target audience
adult
Label
When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon, Joshua D. Mezrich
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-358) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Out of body. A perfect organ ; Puzzle people -- Part II: The making of a transplant surgeon. The simple beauty of the kidney ; Skin harvest ; Kidney beans: making kidney transplant a reality -- Part III: Expanding the horizon beyond the simplicity of the kidney. Open heart: the invention of cardiopulmonary bypass ; Hearts on fire: making heart transplant a reality ; Sympathy for the pancreas: curing diabetes ; Prometheus revisited: liver transplants and Thomas Starzl -- Part IV: The patients. Jason: the secret is to live in the present ; Lisa and Herb: should we do liver transplants for alcoholics? ; Nate: the selection meeting, or Who gets an organ and why? ; Michaela: we are all the same on the inside -- Part V: The donors. As they lay dying ; Healthy donors: do no harm -- Part VI: Today and beyond. Complications ; Xenotransplantation: from one species to another ; So, you want to be a transplant surgeon?
Control code
on1081333144
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 371 pages
Isbn
9780062656209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1081333144
Label
When death becomes life : notes from a transplant surgeon, Joshua D. Mezrich
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-358) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Out of body. A perfect organ ; Puzzle people -- Part II: The making of a transplant surgeon. The simple beauty of the kidney ; Skin harvest ; Kidney beans: making kidney transplant a reality -- Part III: Expanding the horizon beyond the simplicity of the kidney. Open heart: the invention of cardiopulmonary bypass ; Hearts on fire: making heart transplant a reality ; Sympathy for the pancreas: curing diabetes ; Prometheus revisited: liver transplants and Thomas Starzl -- Part IV: The patients. Jason: the secret is to live in the present ; Lisa and Herb: should we do liver transplants for alcoholics? ; Nate: the selection meeting, or Who gets an organ and why? ; Michaela: we are all the same on the inside -- Part V: The donors. As they lay dying ; Healthy donors: do no harm -- Part VI: Today and beyond. Complications ; Xenotransplantation: from one species to another ; So, you want to be a transplant surgeon?
Control code
on1081333144
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 371 pages
Isbn
9780062656209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1081333144

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