Leaving the Field
Fox, Renee C.
Swazey, Judith P.
Hastings Center Report. 1992 Sep-Oct; 22(5): 9-15.
They have watched, as insiders, the first fumbling attempts to transplant kidneys, then hearts, then live-donated lobes of liver and lung. Now the two sociologists most closely identified with organ transplantation have concluded that they must leave the field....The field of organ replacement now epitomizes a very different and powerful tendency in the American health care system and in the value and belief system of our society's culture: our pervasive reluctance to accept the limits to the biological and human condition imposed by the aging process and our ultimate mortality.
Aging; Artificial Organs; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Bioethics; Biomedical Research; Biomedical Technologies; Body Parts and Fluids; Cadavers; Culture; Death; Dehumanization; Health; Health Care; Hearts; Human Experimentation; Investigators; Kidneys; Life; Medicine; Moral Obligations; Mortality; Obligations of Society; Organ Transplantation; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Psychological Stress; Quality of Life; Remuneration; Renal Dialysis; Research; Risks and Benefits; Scarcity; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Suffering; Tissue Transplantation; Transplant Recipients; Transplantation; Values;