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Book and Media Reviews
January 24/31, 2007

Tissue Economies

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(4):413-417. doi:10.1001/jama.297.4.414

A great deal of work recently published by social scientists critiques and admonishes the medical industry and profession for being overly driven by profit motives. This is not one of those books. Instead, in Tissue Economies, Catherine Waldby, PhD, a medical sociologist at the University of New South Wales, and Robert Mitchell, PhD, an English professor at Duke University, join forces to provide a rich and balanced account of the ethical and social implications of tissue transfer and the networks in which such transfers occur. Tissue Economies is a powerful example of the contribution that social science and humanities perspectives can bring to contemporary medical practices.