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When Death Becomes Life

Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

by Joshua D. Mezrich

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When Death Becomes Life by Joshua D. Mezrich
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    Jan 2019, 384 pages

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In this debut memoir, a surgeon surveys the history of organ transplantation, recalling his own medical education and the special patients he's met along the way.

Though it happened more than ten years ago, Joshua Mezrich still clearly remembers setting out in a six-seater plane – during a thunderstorm, in the middle of the night – to bring back the organs harvested from a young man who died in a motorcycle accident. The weather was so violent that he wasn't sure he was going to live to tell the tale. The incident makes for a dramatic opening to his wide-ranging book about the practice of transplanting organs, confirming that this really is a life and death business.

Mezrich grew up in New Jersey and now works in Madison, Wisconsin; he's been practicing surgery ever since his time at Cornell medical school in the late 1990s. In When Death Becomes Life, he intersperses stories from his career as a transplant surgeon with snapshots from the history of the science behind these procedures. For Mezrich's purposes, this history begins in ...

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