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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jenn
    Jan 02, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

  • Melissa
    Jan 05, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

  • Bonny
    Jan 21, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

  • Jamie
    Feb 18, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and was eager to read this. I think this is a good book and probably compelling to many but I personally found the details and history of transplant surgery too dry for my non-scientific mind. ...

    A mix of memoir and historical overview of transplant science. A bit of a polemic on why to donate organs and tissue, but also really good. Also, a really good story of personal perseverance in school -- the surgeon had to work to succeed. ...

    Bless his heart, I assume he is a much better doctor than writer. He never hit the right balance between medical jargon and personal stories for experience. Dr Marsh the neurologist wrote much, much better books about his experience as a surgeon (although not necessarily doing transpla...

  • Michelle Grosch
    Jan 26, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and was eager to read this. I think this is a good book and probably compelling to many but I personally found the details and history of transplant surgery too dry for my non-scientific mind. ...

    A mix of memoir and historical overview of transplant science. A bit of a polemic on why to donate organs and tissue, but also really good. Also, a really good story of personal perseverance in school -- the surgeon had to work to succeed. ...

    Bless his heart, I assume he is a much better doctor than writer. He never hit the right balance between medical jargon and personal stories for experience. Dr Marsh the neurologist wrote much, much better books about his experience as a surgeon (although not necessarily doing transpla...

    A fascinating book about the history of organ transplantation that includes stories from the author?s experiences as a transplant surgeon. I enjoyed his down to earth writing style and sense of humor. Very engaging and readable. ...

  • Briony
    Feb 12, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

  • Jenn
    Jan 29, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 12, 2018

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Nelia
    Feb 15, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

  • Rana
    Jan 27, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

  • Heather
    Feb 04, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and was eager to read this. I think this is a good book and probably compelling to many but I personally found the details and history of transplant surgery too dry for my non-scientific mind. ...

  • Kazen
    Jan 15, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

  • Tiara Lynn
    Jan 31, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

  • Mike H
    Jan 19, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 16, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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 ...

  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Jan 29, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

  • Susan LeGrand Levine
    Jan 26, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

  • Mai
    Jan 21, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

  • Krista Park
    Feb 10, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and was eager to read this. I think this is a good book and probably compelling to many but I personally found the details and history of transplant surgery too dry for my non-scientific mind. ...

    A mix of memoir and historical overview of transplant science. A bit of a polemic on why to donate organs and tissue, but also really good. Also, a really good story of personal perseverance in school -- the surgeon had to work to succeed. ...

  • Martin
    Feb 10, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

  • April Greissinger
    Jan 08, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lane Brooke
    Feb 13, 2019

    It is an underappreciated fact that today a surgeon can, if needed, rip open your chest, remove your heart, replace it with another one, and if all goes well, have you discharged in 10 days. This amazing feat of modern medicine, one we may rarely think about, was at one point thought t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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?...

    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...

    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...

    Mezrich presents a history of solid organ transplantation alongside his own history of learning to become a transplant surgeon (mostly kidneys and livers). Each road was long and hard and if you know anything about this branch of medicine, it comes with significant risk of failure. Mez...

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal j...

    Excellent combination of surgeon's experiences and a history of organ transplantation. A highlight were several heartfelt and touching stories. Some humor. Descriptions of cases tended to be filled with overwhelming medical terminology and jargon, perhaps unavoidable but it made for dr...

    I would have entered 3.5. Part of this book is a summary of the history of transplant surgery and the numerous failures (patient deaths) in the early years. It?s also part memoir of the personal struggle to make transplant surgery a career. However there were a lot of clinical detail...

    This was surprisingly engaging with a focus on story versus too much medical jargon. Dr. Mezrich has a way of describing his surgeries that?s almost cinematic, painting a picture for the reader. I have several loved ones who are alive and thriving because of the chances the early pio...

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It ...

    Maybe four and a half. It was an amazing book to read with great insight and stories that pull you in. It was also heart- wrenchingly difficult to read just two months after my niece died in a tragic car accident and was able to donate some parts of her body after her death. ...

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century. ...

    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and was eager to read this. I think this is a good book and probably compelling to many but I personally found the details and history of transplant surgery too dry for my non-scientific mind. ...

    A mix of memoir and historical overview of transplant science. A bit of a polemic on why to donate organs and tissue, but also really good. Also, a really good story of personal perseverance in school -- the surgeon had to work to succeed. ...

    Bless his heart, I assume he is a much better doctor than writer. He never hit the right balance between medical jargon and personal stories for experience. Dr Marsh the neurologist wrote much, much better books about his experience as a surgeon (although not necessarily doing transpla...

    A fascinating book about the history of organ transplantation that includes stories from the author?s experiences as a transplant surgeon. I enjoyed his down to earth writing style and sense of humor. Very engaging and readable. ...

    Loved this book. Covers the range of types and transplants with their histories, all interwoven with stories of recipients and donors. ...