Renée Fox and Judith Swazey
"Working for the common good."
"You certainly have faith, Sancho, great faith in the future. But he would have no faith. The future would be there before his eyes. Can a man live without faith?"
"I don't know what you mean—without faith. There will always be things for a man to do. The discovery of new energy. And disease—there will always be disease to fight."
"Are you sure? Medicine is making great strides. I feel sorry for your great-great-grandson, Sancho. It seems to me that he may have nothing to hope for except death."
The mayor smiled. "Perhaps we may even conquer death with transplants."
"God forbid," Father Quixote said. "Then he would be living in a desert without end. No doubt. No faith. I would prefer him to have what we call a happy death."
"What do you mean by a happy death?"
"I mean the hope of something further."
(Greene 1983, pp. 72-73)
As journeyers into the field, participant observers, and chroniclers, we have been involved in the development of organ transplantation, the artificial kidney, and the artificial heart throughout most of their contemporaneous medical and social history and for many years of our working lives. Since 1951 (RCF) and 1968 (JPS) we have had the privileged opportunity to watch, from the inside, how dialysis and kidney, heart, and liver transplantation,____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Ethics of Organ Transplants:The Current Debate. Contributors: Arthur L. Caplan - Editor, Daniel H. Coelho - Editor. Publisher: Prometheus Books. Place of publication: Amherst, NY. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 327.
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