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When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day.When Death Becomes Life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human...

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When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon Reviews

  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats

    Review to come

  • Nelia

    This book, written by a surgeon, is both a history of organ transplantation and a memoir. It recounts early transplantation attempts, starting in the 50's and 60's, that paved the way for the current rate of success, now made possible by cyclosporine and other anti-rejection drugs. It is well written and very comprehensible to the lay reader.

  • Jenn

    Thanks to BookShout for letting me read this book!

    In order to fully appreciate this book, one needs to take anatomy and a medical terminology class. Or google everything they don’t understand and take forever reading this.

    It also could use pictures to demonstrate what he’s talking about with crossing or connecting the veins and arteries and where people have put kidneys in the past, etc.

    There are also a lotttt of historical figures whom I’ve never heard of before to keep track. I need a timel

  • Jamie

    This was an interesting book. I thought reading it would make me less nervous about having transplant surgery. It didn’t help. I learned all about the history of transplant for kidneys, livers, pancreas, heart and lungs. I also learned about immunosuppressant drugs and how organs are procured for transplant. All of this from a transplant surgeon’s point of view.

    Jerry had listened to NPR and Dr. Joshua D. Mezrich was a feature story his life as a transplant surgeon.

    This was how o came across th

  • Jenn

    An excellent rendering of what it takes to be a modern surgeon versus how we got where we are. I enjoyed the anecdotal stories the author told from his repertoire of surgeries/patients with the contrast of the experimental transplants that happened in the early twentieth century.

  • Katie Gurney


    This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed the history of transplants and the risk takers that paved the way to save so many lives. It's amazing to read all of the patient stories from a physicians perspective and to gain insight into this medical specialty. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend.

  • Briony

    When I first saw this book advertised, I immediately added it to my to-read pile. I didn't fully read the book blurb, but based on assumptions, I thought it would be more about Mezrich's own stories with transplants. This book is more so a compilation of history, ethics, and personal journey. It does not necessarily disappoint, but I would recommend it to people who want an accessible history of the development transplant with a sprinkling of transplant stories.

  • Bonny

    When Death Becomes Life is an interesting memoir and history of organ transplantation from transplant surgeon Dr. Joshua Mezrich. While I enjoyed his writing about the history, researchers and physicians that brought us to this point in time with transplantations, I enjoyed his writing about his own background, how and why he became a transplant surgeon, and his own patients just as much or more. Dr. Mezrich always maintains an awareness and respect for the great gift that donors and their famil ...more