When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. When Death Becomes Life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve hum At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to anot...

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  • Chris C
    Jan 27, 2019
    2.5 This is a decent medical book but after the glorious writing in Emperor of Maladies it is somewhat deficient. For instance, the writer delineates a certain operation but I have no idea to which the author references. Diagrams, analogies, pictures, even a YouTube link would have bee...
  • Best Eggs
    Feb 19, 2019
    5 star book. Really excellent. Review to come. The history of transplantation is actually interesting, as is the sensitive use of language that has evolved alongside it. Surgeons no longer 'harvest' organs from corpses, they 'procure' them from donors! ...
  • Bonny
    Jan 21, 2019
    When Death Becomes Life is an interesting memoir and history of organ transplantation from transplant surgeon Dr. Joshua Mezrich. While I enjoyed his writing about the history, researchers and physicians that brought us to this point in time with transplantations, I enjoyed his writing...
  • Holly
    Feb 20, 2019
    Fascinating book overall. Mezrich is clearly a knowledgeable, passionate and accomplished surgeon. His writing gives the reader not only a good background for transplant surgery overall, but imparts a real appreciation for the donor, the recipient, the families/loved ones as well as th...
  • Lillian
    May 18, 2019
    When Death Becomes Life is partly a memoir of Dr. Mezrich's journey, philosophies and experiences as a transplant surgeon, but it is more a fascinating portrait of the evolution of organ transplants in the US and the world. Mezrich highlights the incredible and profound genius of the ...
  • Megan Richardson
    May 14, 2019
    I may have gone in with too high of hopes. I learned a lot, the history of transplant surgery is fascinating and so recent! I really like that he discussed the ethical issues of brain death and living donations that may cause harm to the donor. I also enjoyed the fact that he didn?t ...
  • Terry Enright
    Jun 14, 2019
    Excellent read. The history of the development of Transplant Surgery written by a Transplant Surgeon. Even though the Author goes out of his way to explain surgical procedures at a laymen's level it will help if you have a good knowledge of Human Anatomy, otherwise you may feel a litt...
  • Jill Stevenson
    May 18, 2019
    As a kidney transplant patient (6 years this July- thanks to my living donor Nancy and the team at MUSC in Charleston), I found this book fascinating. Although many of the medical terms required the use of a dictionary (and often even that didn?t help), it was amazing to follow the r...
  • Jenn
    Jan 29, 2019
    Thanks to BookShout for letting me read this book! In order to fully appreciate this book, one needs to take anatomy and a medical terminology class. Or google everything they don?t understand and take forever reading this. It also could use pictures to demonstrate what he?...
  • Emily
    Feb 15, 2019
    I have been a supporter of organ donation ever since I discovered that Singapore Citizens are by default consented to organ donation until they decided to opt out of the government program. I instantly knew that I wanted to be an organ donor then because it was the right thing to do. W...
  • Jeff Bobin
    Jan 28, 2019
    Many of us have come to take the ability to transplant organs for granted without realizing the cost to get where we are today. This brief look at the history or transplantation and some of the key people that brought us to where we are today is an interesting read. It is written i...
  • Kristina
    Mar 01, 2019
    Mix of the history of transplantation surgery, information on how the surgeries are conducted, and vignettes on patients to highlight these procedures. Even coming from the medical-adjacent field, I found the sections describing what actually happens during the transplants a bit too te...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 12, 2018
    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. In the 1940s and 1950s patient after patient was lost to rejection of the transplanted organ, post-surgery infection, or h...
  • Tina
    Apr 27, 2019
    This was so cool. I love books about medicine and doctors and often find them pretty enjoyable. But THIS was humorous and interesting and obviously well-researched. ...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Feb 13, 2019
    Summary: This book was a mixed bag for me, with some parts that were far more interesting than others and a tone that varied from too formal to too informal to spot on. This is one of the many recent releases in what is becoming one of my favorite genres, memoir plus an intro to a...
  • Rana
    Jan 27, 2019
    Really fascinating history. ...
  • Jamie
    Jan 27, 2019
    This was an interesting book. I thought reading it would make me less nervous about having transplant surgery. It didn?t help. I learned all about the history of transplant for kidneys, livers, pancreas, heart and lungs. I also learned about immunosuppressant drugs and how organs are...
  • Steve
    Nov 03, 2018
    Enjoyable, emotional memoir of a transplant surgeon I loved this book. I found it an emotional rollercoaster: joy for transplants that worked, sorrow for transplants that didn't, and sorrow for the donors who met untimely deaths but also joy that parts of them lived on in transplant...
  • Kazen
    Jan 15, 2019
    3.5 stars Books by doctors who wield scalpels are some of my favorites, and Mezrich does a great job introducing the reader to the history and current practice of transplant surgery. The good: - This is not a comprehensive history of transplantation, nor a memoir, nor a collec...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 16, 2019
    Review to come ...
  • Rochel Dick Plonka
    Jun 17, 2019
    This was an amazing book. It was very much in the same vein as The Emperor of all Maladies. Mezrich writes a history of organ transplantation intertwined with personal anecdotes and stories from his career as a transplant surgeon. It was thoroughly interesting, moving, and eye-opening....
  • Nancy
    Apr 03, 2019
    It's almost a relief to read a book like this and realize that medical authors like Atul Gawande and Siddartha Mukherjee are the exception. Mezrich writes like you'd expect someone from a science background to write - not always elegantly, but always straight to the point. As a whole, ...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Jan 29, 2019
    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...
  • India Clamp
    Mar 01, 2019
    Consider five lives can be impacted positively with a body donation via surgical transplantation. While Dr. Joshua D. Mezrich covers over 100 years of surgical transplant history and entices you into the OR to witness the ?perfusion of a kidney? post-transplant. Here anything lacki...
  • Gina
    Mar 16, 2019
    There is a reason this book has a 96% 5-star rating on Amazon. As someone who has been interested in medicine since I was a young child, I tend to read a lot of books such as this one. This is one of the best I've read in the field of organ transplants. While you will learn about...
  • Susan LeGrand Levine
    Jan 26, 2019
    To give is to receive...I did and this one thing I know! This book describes in detail the heroes (and their stories)who blazed the trail of transplantation. Being a donor and having a healthy husband is my reward. Thanks Josh for your part in making this a reality to our family. Th...
  • Amanda
    Mar 16, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book--I thought the balance of personal experience, technical explanation, history, and patient stories made for very meaningful coverage of the topic of transplantation. ...
  • Matthew
    Feb 22, 2019
    A really excellent book. I learned a ton of info about the process of transplantation as well as it's history, some of which I was quite surprised to find out, like how someone in the 60s transplanted two chimps kidneys into a person. I mean, they died, but it happened. One of the pion...
  • April Greissinger
    Jan 08, 2019
    Big thanks to Harper Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! I LOVED this book and I will definitely be thinking about it for a long time! I am in the medical field and I love reading about anything medical, from healthcare provider's experien...
  • Bill Weaver
    Feb 19, 2019
    I heard Terry Gross interview this doctor for this book on Fresh Air. It's about transplant surgery--its history, surgical challenges, and moral dilemmas. But like all good scientific topics written for a general audience, it succeeds because the author--a transplant surgeon himself--t...