Review of When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon [Book Review]


Joshua Mezrich is a practicing transplant surgeon who draws on his experiences, and those of his patients, to provide a "here's where we're at" moment in the story of transplant medicine. In so doing, he explains what it is like to practice while telling the stories of his patients, donors, and the pioneering surgeons who persisted in the face of failure to make what Mezrich does a work of healing. Written for a popular audience, When Death Becomes Life is perhaps the most accessible work yet on the modern history of organ transplantation and what the current "standard of care" actually looks like. Indeed, it rounds out a "trinity" of quality books about the transplant experience, this one from the surgeon's...

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