The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy

The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy


By (author) Richard M Titmuss, Edited by Professor Ann Oakley, Edited by John Ashton, Foreword by Julian Le Grand


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  • Publisher: New Press
  • Format: Hardback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 30mm | 720g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1997
  • ISBN 10: 1565844033
  • ISBN 13: 9781565844032
  • Edition statement: Expanded and Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 281,268

Product description

Richard M. Titmuss s "The Gift Relationship" has long been acknowledged as one of the classic texts on social policy. Honored by the "New York Times" as one of the ten most important books of the year when it first appeared in 1970, Titmuss s "The Gift Relationship" is even more topical now in an age of AIDS and changing health care policy. A seemingly straightforward comparative study of blood donating in the United States and Britain, the book elegantly raises profound economic, political, and philosophical questions. Titmuss contrasts the British system of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is largely in the hands of for-profit enterprises and shows how a nonmarket system based on altruism is more effective than one that treats human blood as another commodity.This updated edition contains the original text along with new chapters that: consider the relevance of Titmuss s arguments to the AIDS and current health care crises;outline recent developments in blood donation and transfusion systems;examine the systems for human milk donation; andassess the response to the original edition and make the case for its continuing relevance today.At a time when health and welfare systems are under sustained attack from many quarters, this new edition of "The Gift Relationship" is essential reading for everyone interested in social policy and the future of our society. "

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Author information

Richard M. Titmuss was a professor of social administration at the London School of Economics form 1950 until his death in 1973. He had an international reputation as an uncompromising analyst of contemporary social policy and as an expert on the welfare state. His previous books include "Commitment to Welfare." "The Gift Relationship "was his last book. John Ashton is a public health specialist and regional medical officer for the Northwest of England.

Review quote

"A first-class study . . . moving from the relationship between blood donor and blood recipient to that between patient and physician, and thence to the very foundation of human societies." "The Washington Post" "