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Twice dead : organ transplants and the reinvention of death

Author: Margaret M Lock
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Series: California series in public anthropology, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Medical knowledge and technology have been sufficiently advanced for surgeons to perform thousands of transplants each year. This text traces the discourse since 1970 that contributed to the locating of a new criterion of death in the brain.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret M Lock
ISBN: 0520226054 9780520226050 0520228146 9780520228146
OCLC Number: 47272032
Description: xii, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preamble: Accidental Death 1 --
Trauma 14 --
The Procurement 17 --
The Gift 23 --
Death's Shadow 27 --
1. Boundary Transgressions and Moral Uncertainty 32 --
Reanimation 54 --
2. Technology in Extremis 57 --
Narrow Escapes 76 --
3. Locating the Moment of Death 78 --
Jumping the Gun 101 --
4. Making the New Death Uniform 103 --
Tragedy 127 --
5. Japan and the Brain-Death "Problem" 130 --
Aggressive Harvesting 147 --
6. Technology as Other: Japanese Modernity and Technology 149 --
Born of a Brain-Dead Mother 165 --
7. Prevailing against Inertia: An Interim Resolution to the Brain-Death Debate 167 --
Becoming a Good Angel 190 --
8. Social Death and Situated Departures 191 --
Disconcerting Movements 208 --
9. Imagined Continuities: On Becoming an Ancestor 209 --
Memory Work 232 --
10. When Bodies Outlive Persons 235 --
Procurement Anxiety 259 --
11. When Persons Linger in Bodies 263 --
Transcendence through Music 288 --
12. The Body Transcendent 291 --
A Court Order 310 --
13. The Social Life of Human Organs 315 --
A Reliable Man 341 --
An Unsatisfactory Intelligence 345 --
14. Revisiting Vivisection in a World Short of Organs 347 --
A Dubious Definition of Death 363 --
Reflections 365.
Series Title: California series in public anthropology, 1.
Responsibility: Margaret Lock.
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