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The Resource The puzzle people : memoirs of a transplant surgeon, Thomas E. Starzl

The puzzle people : memoirs of a transplant surgeon, Thomas E. Starzl

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The puzzle people : memoirs of a transplant surgeon
Title
The puzzle people
Title remainder
memoirs of a transplant surgeon
Statement of responsibility
Thomas E. Starzl
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers. It is truly extraordinary that a major, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, and heart-wrenching, autobiography. Thomas Starzl grew up in LeMars, Iowa, the son of a newspaper publisher and a nurse. His father also wrote science fiction and was acquainted with the writer Ray Bradbury. Starzl left the family business to enter Northwestern University Medical School where he earned both an M.D. and a Ph. D. While he was a student, and later during his surgical internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he began the series of animal experiments that led eventually to the world's first transplantation of the human liver in 1963
  • Until the age of thirty-three, Starzl says, "I felt like a missile looking for a trajectory." His work with liver transplantation gave him a course for life and, despite initial setbacks and failures, he has pursued it relentlessly, eventually achieving stunning success. Throughout his career, first at the University of Colorado and then at the University of Pittsburgh, he has aroused both worldwide admiration and controversy. His technical innovations and medical genius have revolutionized the field, but Starzl has not hesitated to address the moral and ethical issues raised by transplantation. In this book he clearly states his position on many hotly debated issues including brain death, randomized trials for experimental drugs, the costs of transplant operations, and the system for selecting organ recipients from among scores of desperately ill patients
  • There are many heroes in the story of transplantation, and many "puzzle people," the patients who, as one journalist suggested, might one day be made entirely of various transplanted parts. They are old and young, obscure and world famous. Some have been taken into the hearts of America, like Stormie Jones, the brave and beautiful child from Texas. Every patient who receives someone else's organ - and Starzl remembers each one - is a puzzle. "It was not just the acquisition of a new part," he writes. "The rest of the body had to change in many ways before the gift could be accepted. It was necessary for the mind to see the world in a different way." The surgeons and physicians who pioneered transplantation were also changed: they too became puzzle people. "Some were corroded or destroyed by the experience, some were sublimated, and none remained the same."
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Action
digitized
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
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1926-2017
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Starzl, Thomas E.
Dewey number
617.9/5/009
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RD120.6
LC item number
.S73 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 100
NLM item number
S796 1992
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Starzl, Thomas E.
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc
  • Starzl, Thomas E
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Organ Transplantation
  • General Surgery
  • Starzl, Thomas E.
  • Starzl, Thomas E
  • MEDICAL
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc
  • Transplantatie
  • Autobiografie
  • Transplantation
  • Erlebnisbericht
  • Arzt
Label
The puzzle people : memoirs of a transplant surgeon, Thomas E. Starzl
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-353) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
892430512
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 364 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822972525
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8fz8qx
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not applicable
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892430512
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The puzzle people : memoirs of a transplant surgeon, Thomas E. Starzl
Publication
Note
Includes index
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-353) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
892430512
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 364 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822972525
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8fz8qx
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892430512
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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