A Matter of the Heart

Organ donation: When death saves lives

Original Title: Herzenssache

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 192 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10109-4
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: September 25, 2017
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Nataly  Bleuel, Christian  Esser, Alena  Schröder - A Matter of the Heart


Organ recipients, relatives, doctors and psychologists tell us about their experiences

Would you give away the heart of a child to save the life of a stranger? Even if the price for doing this were not holding the child in your arms when it took its last breath? And if the answer to this question were "no", what if it were a child that was in desperate need of a new organ?

The authors have been looking at this interface of life and death, where extreme emotions encounter complex medical processes and challenging ethical questions. They speak with people who have been through such an experience or who are involved through their work; they accompany an organ on its "journey" from donor to recipient; explain the problems of modern brain death diagnosis and what is known about the process of dying. They also touch on transplant scandals and the dubious goings-on of transplant bureaucracy that have made many people think twice about signing an organ donor card.


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