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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Title:When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon
Author:Joshua D. Mezrich
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Number of Pages:384 pages pages

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon Reviews

  • Chris C
    Jan 27, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Manintheboat
    Feb 20, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    So interesting! ...

    Now I am so itchy and keep asking people if I have kidney failure. ...

  • Petra 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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

  • Jenn
    Jan 29, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarah Beth
    Jan 14, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    So interesting! ...

    Now I am so itchy and keep asking people if I have kidney failure. ...

    Brilliant This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed the history of transplants and the risk takers that paved the way to save so many lives. It's amazing to read all of the patient stories from a physicians perspective and to gain insight into this medical specialty. I absolutely lov...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. Part memoir from a transplant surgeon on his experiences in the field and part history of the practice of transplantation, this book strikes the delicate balance of conveying a wealth of information on the movemen...

  • Kristina
    Mar 01, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Feb 13, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lindsey
    Mar 23, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    So interesting! ...

  • BookOfCinz
    Apr 09, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    So interesting! ...

    Now I am so itchy and keep asking people if I have kidney failure. ...

    Brilliant This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed the history of transplants and the risk takers that paved the way to save so many lives. It's amazing to read all of the patient stories from a physicians perspective and to gain insight into this medical specialty. I absolutely lov...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. Part memoir from a transplant surgeon on his experiences in the field and part history of the practice of transplantation, this book strikes the delicate balance of conveying a wealth of information on the movemen...

    The sick suffer alone, they undergo procedures and surgeries alone, and in the end, they die alone. Transplant is different. Transplant is all about having someone else join you in your illness. It may be in the form of an organ from a recently deceased donor, a selfless gift given by...

  • Rana
    Jan 27, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

  • Jamie
    Jan 27, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

  • Nancy
    Apr 03, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Katie Gurney
    Jan 21, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    So interesting! ...

    Now I am so itchy and keep asking people if I have kidney failure. ...

    Brilliant This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed the history of transplants and the risk takers that paved the way to save so many lives. It's amazing to read all of the patient stories from a physicians perspective and to gain insight into this medical specialty. I absolutely lov...

  • Amanda
    Mar 16, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Aimee
    Apr 13, 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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Audiobook. While it starts a little slow, progressively this book transforms into a truly amazing read. The author, a transplant surgeon, alternates between a history with the basic science behind each type of transplant and his personal experience with that type of surgery. This proce...

  • Bill Weaver
    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Really fascinating history. ...

    Review to come ...

    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...

    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...

    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...