Organ Donation And Transplantation: Body Organs As An Exchangeable Socio-cultural Resource

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

byOrit Brawer Ben-david

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From a background in ethnography, Israeli teacher Ben-David aims to understand the meaning of organ donation and transplantation from the perspectives of the three major partners involved: donors, recipients, and the medical teams. The participation of all partners, each with specific interests, enables human organs to become an exchangeable commodity with social significance. Applying the resulting information from her comprehensive study, Ben-David assesses the roles played by life and death in organ donation within the Israeli Jewish community. She also examines issues of social legitimacy connected to organ donation in the Israeli society, institutionalization of transplantations, and transplantation as a trigger for transformation to hero status.

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From a background in ethnography, Israeli teacher Ben-David aims to understand the meaning of organ donation and transplantation from the perspectives of the three major partners involved: donors, recipients, and the medical teams. The participation of all partners, each with specific interests, enables human organs to become an exchan...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979180

ISBN - 13:9780275979188

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?[B]en-David offers citizens affected by organ transplantation a platform to express their sentiments on an issue that has been studied and discussed largely from the perspective of physicians and transplant doctors.... Given an opportunity to shed light on a largely misunderstood issue, Ben-David's research undoubtedly represents groundbreaking insight into the emotional and psychological aspects of individuals directly involved in transplantation procedures....[t]he searing aversion she repeatedly and so poignantly conveys for the medical community becomes the most memorable feature of the work.??Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences