By Ronald Munson

Maybe no clinical leap forward within the 20th century is extra stunning, extra hope-giving, or extra fraught with moral questions than organ transplantation. every year a few 25,000 american citizens are pulled again from the threshold of loss of life by way of receiving very important new organs. one other 5,000 die whereas looking ahead to them. And what distinguishes those teams has develop into the resource of 1 of our thorniest moral questions. In elevating the lifeless, Ronald Munson bargains a shiny, frequently wrenchingly dramatic account of ways transplants are played, how we choose who gets them, and the way we have interaction the whole diversity of difficult matters that come up due to them. each one bankruptcy starts with an in depth account of a selected case--Mickey Mantle's debatable liver transplant, for example--followed by means of cautious research of its surrounding moral questions (the fees that Mantle got precise therapy simply because he used to be a celeb, the bigger difficulties regarding how organs are allotted, and no matter if alcoholics must have an equivalent declare on donor livers). In forthcoming transplant ethics via particular instances, Munson reminds us of the advanced own and emotional measurement that underlies such matters. The e-book additionally levels past our current services to discover the longer term percentages in xenotransplantation (transplanting animal organs into people) and stem phone know-how that will permit medical professionals to develop new organs from the patient's personal cells. in response to broad clinical examine, yet written with a novelist's eye for the human situation, elevating the useless indicates readers the truth of organ transplantation now, the potential of what it could possibly turn into, and the way we'd reply to the moral demanding situations it forces us to confront.

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But cirrhosis and hepatitis C can also cause AFP levels to rise. Thus, the finding of an elevated AFP level was too unspecific for Mantle's doctors to conclude that if he had cancer, it had metastasized. The imaging studies showed the growing tumor in Mantle's liver had compressed his common bile duct, the tube carrying the secretion to the upper end of the small intestine. 9 30 R A I S I N G THE DEAD might have invaded the tissues. Using a fiber-optic instrument and x-ray tests, they looked into Mantle's bile duct but found no signs of cancer.

A kidney function test showed Mantle's failing liver was also affecting his kidneys. Urea and other waste products ordinarily cleared from the blood by the kidneys had been slowly accumulating, and he was on the verge of slipping into a coma. Mantle was diagnosed as having end-stage liver disease. Sobriety A year and a half earlier, in January 1994, Mantle had signed himself into the Betty Ford Clinic in Palm Springs, California and spent the next thirty- Mickey Mantle's Liver, Part 1 two days working through the clinic's twelve-step program for ending alcohol addiction.

It was a time when hard drinking was an even bigger part of partying than now. "I drank because we were having a good time," Mantle said. Mantle's drinking increased every year he was with the Yankees, even though it rarely affected his performance. It was after he retired at the end of the 1968 season and his life seemed to have lost its purpose that his alcohol consumption soared and became an essential part of his daily life. "When he stopped hitting home runs, the only time he had any self-esteem was after a drink or two," Merlyn wrote in a family memoir.

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