The Cost of Giving

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 947–948. Reviews the book, Gift of Life: The Social and Psychological Impact of Organ Transplantation by Roberta G. Simmons, Susan D. Klein, and Richard L. Simmons (1977). In this book, the authors examine the consequences of one of the most dramatic of medical technologies–organ transplantation. They begin with an overview of the unresolved ethical issues related to both kidney transplantation and chronic hemodialysis. In another chapter, the impact of the donor search upon the donor, the nondonor, and the family is discussed. To the authors' credit, this is not simply a report of their work, which is held in high esteem in the field. Each section and topic includes a thoughtful review of prior work, putting the individual study into proper perspective. The bibliography is extensive and complete, representing a comprehensive survey of renal and transplant literature. The organizational style of the text is clear and crisp. This book is appropriate for both general readership and medical or behavioral scientists. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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