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Author Lederer, Susan E.
Title Flesh and blood : a cultural history of transplantation and transfusion in twentieth-century America / Susan E. Lederer.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Author Lederer, Susan E.
Subject Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Blood -- Transfusion -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Organ Transplantation -- history.
Blood Transfusion -- psychology.
Blood Transfusion -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Organ Transplantation -- psychology.
Social Change -- history.
United States.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 224 pages) : illustrations
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Contents Living on the Island of Doctor Moreau : surgeons and the body -- Miracles of resurrection : reinventing blood transfusion -- Banking on the body -- Lost boundaries : race, blood, and bodies -- Are you my type? : blood groups, individuality, and identity -- Medicalizing miscegenation? : transplantation and race -- Religious bodies -- Organ recital : transplantation and transfusion in historical perspective.
Summary Organ transplantation is one of the most dramatic interventions in modern medicine. Since the 1950s thousands of people have lived with 'new' hearts, kidneys, lungs, corneas, and other organs and tissues transplanted into their bodies. From the beginning, though, there was simply a problem: surgeons often encountered shortages of people willing and able to give their organs and tissues. To overcome this problem, they often brokered financial arrangements. Yet an ethic of gift exchange coexisted with the 'commodification of the body'. The same duality characterized the field of blood transfusio.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780199721917 (electronic bk.)
0199721912 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 611544986
Additional Format Print version: Lederer, Susan E. Flesh and blood. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 9780195161502 (DLC) 2007038548 (OCoLC)226156886

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