When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

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In When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon, we read about Dr. Joshua Mezrich’s experience while in medical residency and then his time (so far) specializing as a kidney transplant doctor. Each chapter discusses a different type of transplant. Dr. Mezrich begins some chapters with a relevant case study of his own and then provides the history behind that specific type of transplant. In this book, you’ll learn about what makes the “perfect organ” to use in a transplant, a description of the whole transplant procedure, lots of history in regard to transplants (transferring organs, dialysis, skin grafting, etc.) in the medical field, and the controversial act of xenotransplantation.

Dr. Mezrich packed a lot of information in his book, but I’m not complaining. I enjoyed learning more about our nation’s history in regard to the medical field. Being able to include personal stories along with the information made the read more enjoyable. Having a family member who partakes in dialysis, the text on that topic proved informative for me to be able to know more about what the patients are experiencing in their sessions. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the medical field or in reading about something you’ll probably never hear about.


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Author Joshua D Mezrich
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2019-01-15
ISBN 9780062656209
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Issue June 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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