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"This Little Kidney Went to Market": Buying and selling human body parts - Professor Susan Lederer

Organ transplantation is one of the most dramatic innovations in 20th century medicine. Since the 1950s, thousands of people have lived with kidneys, corneas, hearts, lungs and other tissues harvested from others—living and dead. From the start, the scarcity of such tissues and organs posed issues for patients and surgeons, and one solution frequently offered has been compensating individuals or their families. This talk explores the history of paying for “body merchandise” and fears sparked by “trafficking in human bodies.”

Professor Susan Lederer, Robert Turrell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is visiting the University of Otago as a William Evans fellow.

Date Monday, 1 October 2018
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
LocationBioetchis Centre Seminar Room, Level 1, 71 Frederick Street
Contact NameDr Hugh Slotten

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