How Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon (Paperback)
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How Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 02/01/2020
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A beautifully written and compelling memoir of a largely unexplored area of medicine: transplant surgery.

Leading transplant surgeon Dr Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, moving organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he examines more than one hundred years of remarkable medical breakthroughs, connecting this fascinating history with the stories of his own patients.

Gripping and evocative, How Death Becomes Life takes us inside the operating room and presents the stark dilemmas that transplant surgeons must face daily: How much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves? Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver? The human story behind the most exceptional medicine of our time, Mezrich's riveting book is a poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786498892
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 355 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Part memoir and part historical account of the extraordinary pioneers who believed that people could be
repaired and revived as the sum of their working parts... Moving

* Financial Times *
An outstanding memoir by a transplant surgeon who combines an autobiography and operating room dramatics with an equally engrossing history of his profession... this [medical memoir] ranks near the top [of the genre], in a class that includes arguably the best, Henry Marsh's Do No Harm * Kirkus Reviews *
Monumental and enthralling. * New York Journal of Books *
Fascinating... Compelling stories about an area of medicine shrouded in mystery. * Stephen Westaby *
A beautifully written insight into an extraordinary area of medicine and a fascinating career. Heartbreaking and life-affirming in equal measure, it has all the makings of a classic. * Dr Max Pemberton, columnist and author of Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor *

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“Great if you're interested in surgery”

I think this would be a fascinating book for anyone who is interested in transplant surgery, or the history of medicine more generally.
However, unfortunately for me as a layperson, I found parts of it too detailed... More

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“Educational and insightful”

This book covers the history of surgeries and transplants and how this affected our practices nowawadays. It also includes many of Doctor Mezrich’s own experiences as a surgeon himself.
The first half of the book... More

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“A thought-provoking insight into organ transplantation, past and present”

How Death Becomes Life is a fascinating, thought-provoking and often emotive insight into organ transplantation, past and present. The book contains a wealth of stories about the pioneers of organ transplantation, as... More

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