When Death Becomes Life by Joshua D. Mezrich

When Death Becomes Life

"With When Death Becomes Life, Joshua Mezrich has performed the perfect core biopsy of transplantation—a clear and compelling account of the grueling daily work, the spell-binding history and the unsettling ethical issues that haunt this miraculous lifesaving treatment. Mezrich's compassionate and honest voice, punctuated by a sharp and intelligent wit, render the enormous subject not just palatable but downright engrossing."—Pauline Chen, au...


Details When Death Becomes Life

TitleWhen Death Becomes Life
ISBN9780062656223
Author
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherHarper
GenreNonfiction, Science, Medical, Health, Medicine, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews When Death Becomes Life

  • Kazen
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsBooks 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 collection of patient stories. It's equal parts of each, allowing us to get an overview of the field in a personal, relatable way.- Transplant surgery is amazing, and Mezrich obvious...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    1970-01-01
    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 to be nothing more than a science fiction fantasy—and rightly so. The number of hurdles standing in the way of successful transplantation was enormous. These inclu...
  • April Greissinger
    1970-01-01
    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 experiences to any past history regarding the field. When I saw this book was coming out, I was extremely excited and had to get my hands on a copy! I love learning new things ...
  • Bonny
    1970-01-01
    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 about his own background, how and why he became a transplant surgeon, and his own patients just as much or more. Dr. Mezrich always maintains an awareness and resp...
  • Susan LeGrand Levine
    1970-01-01
    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. This book helps me understand so much better what went on at UW Hospital-Madison May 23rd, 2012. I’m forever grateful.
  • Janelle | She Reads with Cats
    1970-01-01
    Review to come
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    Enjoyable, emotional memoir of a transplant surgeonI 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 recipients. This book encompassed history of medicine, modern medicine and memoir. As a memoir, the book is excellent; I loved Joshua Mezrich’s adventures and the wa...
  • Sarah Beth
    1970-01-01
    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 movement of organs between bodies while also keeping the human element of the patients' stories very present. Throughout the book, Mezrich covers multiple types of transplants...
  • Chris C
    1970-01-01
    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 been of much use but I am left to wonder as medical jargon abounds without any layperson reference. Furthermore, the writing is somewhat insipid in that the pioneers o...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    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’s talking about with crossing or connecting the veins and arteries and where people have put kidneys in the past, etc. There are also a lotttt of historical figures whom I...
  • Jeff Bobin
    1970-01-01
    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 in a way that the lay person can understand most of it but would benefit anyone in the medical field. It is a look into the lives of the surgeons but just as importantly...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    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 procured for transplant. All of this from a transplant surgeon’s point of view. Jerry had listened to NPR and Dr. Joshua D. Mezrich was a feature story his life ...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    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. Mezrich includes two chapters where he presents the stories of some of his recipients and of the donors and their families. If you are not moved by those stories you h...
  • Mike H
    1970-01-01
    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 dry reading. Author's dedication to transplantation shines through, as does his sense of both pride and privilege to work in the field.
  • Katie Gurney
    1970-01-01
    BrilliantThis 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 loved this book and would highly recommend.
  • Mai
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Michelle Grosch
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    4.2 stars
  • Tonya Bryant Gillon
    1970-01-01
    This book was interesting just not something I typically read. It does go into detail about things done during surgery, like cutting into veins and suturing them up.