Books about transplant: What are your book recommendations?
I apologize if this topic has already been covered but in looking back on past discussions I have not been able to find any recommended transplant books for reading. I am a voracious reader and among other things enjoy reading about the world of transplantation. Any suggestions from the members for good books involving transplants, especially heart transplants?
Some that I have read that I can highly recommend are:
"The Puzzle People: Memoirs of a Transplant Surgeon" by Dr. Thomas Starzl — Dr. Starzl is often referred to as the father of transplantation. This book, aside from describing his life, outlines the history of modern organ transplantation. It covers the frustrations of early successful transplants only to be thwarted due to lack of immunosuppressants. Gives a great history on the development of the various immunosuppressants and just how new the whole field of transplantation is. Note: A recent film about his life called "Burden of Genius" has recently been released.
"The Gift of Life" by Traci Graf, RN — This book describes the life of Transplant Coordinators who deal with the family of potential donors and covers a behind the scene description of what goes on in the donation of organs. Sometime her frustration is evident, but it is a good read on the mechanics of the organ donation process.
"The Gift that Heals" by Reg Green — A very uplifting book of various stories of transplants from the view of donors, recipients, doctors, nurses, etc. The author's own young son was a donor under very tragic circumstances.
I would enjoy hearing other Members recommendations. Thanks!