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Recovering the Nation's Body
  1. David Lamb
  1. University of Birmingham

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    Linda F Hogle, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 1999, 241 pages, US$22.00 (pb).

    Drawing upon the disciplines of bioethics, anthropology and politics, Linda F Hogle examines the use of human body parts for transplantation and research in modern Germany. She focuses on German attitudes to organ transplantation and the fears expressed by doctors and the public regarding utilitarian justification of the use of body parts taken from the vulnerable to benefit others.

    In modern Germany, argues Hogle, organ transplantation and practices relating to the use of human body parts have developed under the shadow of the history of medicine during National Socialism. This can be seen in the recent controversy over brain death, where the spectre of “lives not worth living” has been invoked in the context of decisions to declare death and authorise removal of body parts. Ethical tensions were …

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