Organ Transplantation in Religious, Ethical, and Social Context

Organ Transplantation in Religious, Ethical, and Social Context : No Room for Death

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Enter the world of organ transplantation and develop a new understanding of processes and techniques for working effectively with patients in this increasing medical population. This multidisciplinary overview of organ transplantation contains chapters by major figures in the medical arena, internationally known bioethics writers, and experienced chaplains from the clinical setting of transplantation, as well as respected pastoral theologians. The authors, who include Art Caplan, Donald Capps, and Jack Copeland, explain transplantation completely for the nonmedical person and delve into the myriad ethical and religious issues and controversies surrounding organ donation and transplantation. Enlightening chapters clarify issues and help readers better understand the transplantation process, making them more effective in their work with transplant patients.Organ Transplantation in Religious, Ethical and Social Context is divided into three sections. The first emphasizes transplantation as a team effort. Chapters focus on the various roles of chaplains and other team members. Section two addresses ethical questions which arise from transplantation and organ donation and includes interfaith perspectives. The third section is dedicated to theological and pastoral views concerning transplantation.Some specific topics discussed in this book include:

a surgeon's perspective of the role of the chaplain

influence of psychosocial factors in the heart transplantation decision process

ministry to organ recipients and their families

the special relationship between the transplant coordinator and the transplant patient

Catholic and interfaith perspectives on organ donation

using the Psalms as a pastoral resource with transplant patientsHospital chaplains, transplant social workers, transplant coordinators, and other professionals interested or involved in the process of organ transplantation will find this book to be full of interesting and thought-provoking insights and information.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 340g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138977659
  • 9781138977655

Table of contents


I. Transplantation: A Team Approach
The Chaplain's Role: A Cardiac Surgeon's View
Identity, Role, and Task: A Core Perspective on Pastoral Care With Cardiothoracic Transplantations
The Heart Transplant Recipient-Coordinator Relationship: Reactions to the Transplant Process
The Influence of Psychosocial Factors in the Heart Transplantation Decision Process
The Ventricular Assist Device Patient
Waiting: Pastoral Care to the Cardiac Bridge to Transplant Patient
II. Ethical Considerations
Contesting the Boundary Between Life and Death: Organ Transplantation and the Identity of the Christian Community
Are There Any Limits to Scarcity?
Hard at Death's Door
Organ Donation: A Catholic and Interfaith Perspective on Its Ethical Warrants and Contemporary Public Policy Concerns
III. Pastoral and Theological Perspectives
The Discerning Heart: The Psalms As Pastoral Resource in Ministry to Potential Organ Recipients and Their Families
Theological Reflections on Organ Donation and Transplantation
Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation: A Theological Look
Reference Notes Included
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