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By Lesley Sharp

In the us this day, the human physique defines a profitable website of reusable components, starting from entire organs to minuscule or even microscopic tissues. even if the scientific practices that let the move of elements from one physique to a different most likely relieve pain and expand lives, they've got additionally irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values assigned to the physique.

Organ move is wealthy terrain to enquire& mdash;especially within the American context, the place refined technological interventions have considerably formed understandings of well-being and health and wellbeing, agony, and dying. In Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies, Lesley Sharp probes the ideological assumptions underlying the move of physique elements, the social value of donors' deaths, and the medico-scientific wants surrounding complicated kinds of physique fix. Sharp additionally considers the experimental realm, within which nonhuman species and synthetic units current extra possibilities for restoration and for controversy.

A compelling medical research and social critique, Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies explores the pervasive, and now and then pernicious, practices shaping American biomedicine within the twenty-first century.

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Often they know little or nothing about the cause of a donor’s death, especially if it resulted from a homicide or suicide. Personal names are always withheld. Thus, recipients are left to imagine who their donors might have been, and anyone who assigns meaning to their organ’s origins may well be shuttled down the hall for a psychiatric evaluation, only to emerge with the diagnosis of “Frankenstein Syndrome” (Beidel 1987)—that they suffer from the delusion that they have been 22 T H E G O O D D E AT H pieced together with parts derived from more than one body (even though, in fact, they have).

Butterflies, like vegetation, offer “natural” symbols, so to speak, of regeneration and rebirth. 5 26 T H E G O O D D E AT H What, then, of memorial forms? A now well-established practice in this country involves the planting of donor gardens. These range from modest projects consisting of one or a handful of trees placed on hospital grounds to a full grove of saplings, or one tree planted in, say, a community park in honor of the donors from that region who gave of themselves. Some gardens now also display a newly developed hybrid known as the Gift of Life Rose.

H O N O R I N G T H E N AT I O N ’ S D E A D A well-established tradition in this country, employed to commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers, involves the planting of groves of trees in public space alongside stone markers, statues, and the like. One need only venture to Central Park in New York City to encounter one such example. Any visitor strolling down Fifth Avenue might enter the park around East 69th Street and walk west. 4). F. 6 A complete assemblage of these names also can be found on the obverse of another cen- MANAGING AND MEMORIALIZING THE DEAD 31 Image has been suppressed Memorial grove erected in honor of the 307th Infantry, Central Park, New York City.

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