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The courage to fail : a social view of organ transplants and dialysis

Author: Renée C Fox; Judith P Swazey
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ©2002
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [New edition]View all editions and formats
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"The title of this profound work conveys the bold, uncertain, and often dangerous adventure in which medical professionals and their organ transplant and dialysis patients are engaged. Built around a series of case studies, The Courage to Fail is the product of collaborative first-hand research concerned with various social phenomena generated by transplantation and dialysis. The authors examine the individuals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Renée C Fox; Judith P Swazey
ISBN: 9781315131504 1315131501
OCLC Number: 1003192476
Notes: Originally published by University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part Part 1 Patterns in Therapeutic Innovation: Transplantation --
chapter 1 Gift Exchange and Gatekeeping --
chapter 2 Specialists in Uncertainty: The Problem of Rejection --
chapter 3 The Experiment-Therapy Dilemma --
part Part 2 The Courage to Fail Ethos --
chapter 4 The Physician-Investigator and His Patients --
chapter 5 The Heart Transplant Moratorium --
chapter 6 The Case of the Artificial Heart --
part Part 3 Patterns in Therapeutic Innovation: Dialysis --
chapter 7 --
chapter 8 Patient Selection and the Right to Die: Problems Facing Seattle's Kidney Center --
chapter 9 Ernie Crowfeather --
part Part 4 Changing Perspectives on Transplantation and Dialysis --
chapter 10 Transplantation in the 1970s: A Revised Paradigm of Therapeutic Innovation --
chapter 11 The Democratization of Dialysis: Public Law 92-603 --
chapter 12 The Societal Meaning of The Courage to Fail.
Responsibility: Renée C. Fox, Judith P. Swazey ; with a new introduction by authors.

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This work explores the various social phenomena generated by transplantation and dialysis. Within this context, the authors study individuals involved and the workings and the atmospheres of some of  Read more...

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