Raising the Dead

Raising the Dead : Organ transplants, ethics, and society

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Ronald Munson plunges us into the tense and tangled world of organ transplantation. Using vivid, often gut-wrenching cases as points of departure, Munson shows us how transplants are performed, decisions are made, and ethical and social issues arise. Fast-paced and readable, the science and medicine lucidly explained, this book forces us to confront the human and moral dimensions of using donor organs to save lives. Munson uses case examples to explore, explain, and try to resolve a handful of crucial problems arising from acquiring and allocating donor organs. Should "social worth" count in allotting organs? Should we ignore the "dead-donor rule" and take organs from infants born lacking a brain? Should we permit people to sell one of their kidneys? Should organs be removed from people who aren't yet brain dead? Can children become living donors? He also explores the promises and perils of transplanting animal organs into people, and the promise that stem-cell engineering will permit physicians to repair damaged organs or replace them with new copies.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195178017
  • 9780195178012
  • 1,712,851

About Ronald Munson

Ronald Munson is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Intervention and Reflection, the most widely used medical ethics textbook in the US, and of three novels.show more

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Munson provides a useful review of where we've been and what lies ahead... He does a service in raising the issues and pointing to the needs of an ageing society in which health care is anything but equitable. * Kirkus Reviews * A wonderful introduction to a variety of ethical issues surrounding organ transplantation. * Library Journal *show more

Table of contents

1. A Modern Lazarus: Robby Benson's heart ; 2. Mickey Mantle's liver: Part I - the case ; 3. Mickey Mantle's liver: Part II - the issues ; 4. That others may live: the dead donor rule and anencephalic infants ; 5. Kidney for sale: is it ever right to sell your kidney? ; 6. Donors of last resort: protecting vulnerable people ; 7. Kurosawa in California: The baby Fae case and unproven treatments ; 8. But are they really dead? Is no heartbeat enough for death? ; 9. Xenotransplantation: Part I - chasing the dream ; 10. Xenotransplantation: Part II - fearing the worst, hoping for the best ; 11. Grow your own organs: stem-cell engineering and regenerative medicineshow more

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