Gift of Life: The Effect of Organ Transplantation on Individual, Family, and Societal Dynamics

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Analyzing one of the most dramatic of the new medical technologies--Organ Transplantation 'Gift of Life' covers those aspects that have general implications for public policy and sociological theory, and describes the social-psycho-logical impact of kidney transplantation itself. 'Gift of Life' beginswith an examination of the overall, unresolved ethical issues related to kidney transplan-tation--the problem of selecting patients for a scarce therapy.., the problem of withholding treatment from patients of greater physical and psychological risk ... the issue of utilizing living related kidney donors vs. cadaver donors. The book concentrates on organ donors and their families, and studies the effect of this type of extreme altruism. It also examines the stress for the family as the members try to decide who, if anyone, will give a kidney. The work shows how individuals and families make major decisions under stress. Discussed in detail are family communication processes and emotional relationships between donor and recipient, as well as the impact of donation upon the family of the cadaver-donor. The final analysis deals with the health care delivery issues and the questions of funding created by the rapid rise of this new technology. 'Gift of Life', with its exposition of decision making communication, and reaction to stress, is of relevance to social science theory and policy.

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Roberta G. Simmons (1937-1993) was professor of psychiatry and sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the governing council of the American Sociological Association and the Society for Research on Adolescence.



Susan Klein Marine, is currently an assistant professor in the School of Dentistry and the Department of Preventative Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School.



Richard L. Simmons, is presently professor of surgery and microbiology and Associate Director of Transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He has published extensively in the areas of clinical transplantation and immunology, and is the co-author of the standard text Transplantation.

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