The organ donor experience : good samaritans and the meaning of altruism / Katrina A. Bramstedt and Rena Down
- 1. Ethics and altruism -- Ethics, values, motivations -- Fred : a real-life superhero -- Josie : crisis control -- Matt : making amends -- 2. Destined to be a donor -- Constructs of destiny -- Dave : the voice on the beach -- Cheryl : the game is on hold today -- Max : how many people can I help? -- Jeff : blind but with clear vision -- Jack : in memory of September 11 -- 3. Serving others and giving back -- Trends among good Samaritans -- Deborah : twice a donor! -- Missy : I can give life -- 4. The gift of giving -- Saints or normal folk? -- Cynthia : a Valentine's Day gift -- Ken : the "life preserver" -- Karen : pay it forward -- 5. Life experience and giving -- Altruism, abundance, and suffering -- Chad : kidney-shaped cufflinks -- Curt : prunes and motorcycles -- Garrett : helping the vulnerable -- 6. Becoming an organ donor -- Candidacy evaluation -- The donor's family circle -- Organ donation surgery -- Complications -- 7. Life after organ donation -- Kevin : Canada's first good Samaritan -- Claude : ready to rescue -- The organ recipient : ethical considerations -- Life after donation -- Elevation.
- "Organ donors are, by definition, altruists, and their act is even more generous when they remain anonymous. But altruism doesn't tell the whole story. There are myriad motivations, some subconscious, some conscious, that compel people to donate a part of themselves to someone they don't know. The Organ Donor Experience uncovers the desires, personalities and motivations of Good Samaritan organ donors and reveals much about the process of donating an organ to a needy recipient"--Provided by publisher.
- 9781442211155 (hardback)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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