Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Body Brokers

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Beyond the Book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Body Brokers

Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains

by Annie Cheney

Body Brokers by Annie Cheney
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Mar 2006, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2007, 240 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
BookBrowse Review Team

Buy This Book

About this Book

Beyond the Book

Print Review

I have carried a donor card for more than 20-years and plan to always do so - but, I have to say that Body Brokers has given me pause for thought. I anticipated that if my body was no longer needed by me that it could be of help to other people, but now that it looks like I could simply be handing it over to be sold to the highest bidder I feel like I'd like to attach a few caveats to the little pink dot on the corner of my driver's license. Having said that, perhaps that little pink dot gives me some assurance that my body would end up in reputable hands - as opposed to what could happen to it down at the local crematorium. Then again, look at the case involving the University of California that is currently unfolding (see links in the main block).

When I used to think of body brokering, I would think of places like India - triggered by memories of books such as Dominique Lapierre's The City of Joy, or the throw-away comment made by a very rich Indian acquaintance 20 years ago, in which he predicted that India would become a nexus for surgical operations because the medical staff are well qualified and "the spare parts are easy to come by".

He was right, sometime over the last couple of decades a new category has appeared on the immigration cards of countries such as India, Indonesia and China - alongside the "business" and "vacation" check-boxes is now a third option - "medical". Of course, not everybody who travels overseas for an operation is doing so for "spare-parts" related surgery - many are simply getting better quality, more immediate treatment than they could get at home for a fraction of the price - plus a vacation thrown in! For example, I know a British citizen who traveled to India for a hip operation and an Australian who goes to Bali for all his dental work!

However, some are traveling overseas to have replacement surgery - in China's case many of the available organs are harvested from the 6,000+ prisoners who are executed in Chinese prisoners each year. The moral outrage about this is palpable (for example, an article in last year's Denver Post) - but what about getting a little more angry about what's happening in our own backyard?

This article was originally published in May 2006, and has been updated for the March 2007 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

This article is available to non-members for a limited time. You can also read these articles for free. For full access become a member today.

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

One-Month Free Membership

Discover your next great read here

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Caught in the Revolution
    Caught in the Revolution
    by Helen Rappaport
    So taken were BookBrowse's First Impression reviewers by the inside look at the start of the Russian...
  • Book Jacket: Hillbilly Elegy
    Hillbilly Elegy
    by J.D. Vance
    In this illuminating memoir, Vance recounts his trajectory from growing up a "hillbilly" in ...
  • Book Jacket: The Dark Flood Rises
    The Dark Flood Rises
    by Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble, the award-winning novelist and literary critic who is approaching eighty and ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Atomic Weight of Love
by Elizabeth J. Church

In the spirit of The Aviator's Wife, this resonant debut spans from World War II through the Vietnam War.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Mercies in Disguise
    by Gina Kolata

    A story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    Our Short History
    by Lauren Grodstein

    Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's stronger, than before.
    Reader Reviews

Who Said...

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

O My D B

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.

 
Modal popup -