1st Edition

Organ Transplantation in Religious, Ethical, and Social Context
No Room for Death

ISBN 9781138977655
Published October 31, 2016 by Routledge
182 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Enter the world of organ transplantation and develop a new understanding of processes and techniques for working effectively with patients in this increasing medical population. This multidisciplinary overview of organ transplantation contains chapters by major figures in the medical arena, internationally known bioethics writers, and experienced chaplains from the clinical setting of transplantation, as well as respected pastoral theologians. The authors, who include Art Caplan, Donald Capps, and Jack Copeland, explain transplantation completely for the nonmedical person and delve into the myriad ethical and religious issues and controversies surrounding organ donation and transplantation. Enlightening chapters clarify issues and help readers better understand the transplantation process, making them more effective in their work with transplant patients.

Organ Transplantation in Religious, Ethical and Social Context is divided into three sections. The first emphasizes transplantation as a team effort. Chapters focus on the various roles of chaplains and other team members. Section two addresses ethical questions which arise from transplantation and organ donation and includes interfaith perspectives. The third section is dedicated to theological and pastoral views concerning transplantation.

Some specific topics discussed in this book include:

  • a surgeon’s perspective of the role of the chaplain
  • influence of psychosocial factors in the heart transplantation decision process
  • ministry to organ recipients and their families
  • the special relationship between the transplant coordinator and the transplant patient
  • Catholic and interfaith perspectives on organ donation
  • using the Psalms as a pastoral resource with transplant patients

    Hospital chaplains, transplant social workers, transplant coordinators, and other professionals interested or involved in the process of organ transplantation will find this book to be full of interesting and thought-provoking insights and information.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Introduction
  • I. Transplantation: A Team Approach
  • The Chaplain’s Role: A Cardiac Surgeon’s View
  • Identity, Role, and Task: A Core Perspective on Pastoral Care With Cardiothoracic Transplantations
  • The Heart Transplant Recipient-Coordinator Relationship: Reactions to the Transplant Process
  • The Influence of Psychosocial Factors in the Heart Transplantation Decision Process
  • The Ventricular Assist Device Patient
  • Waiting: Pastoral Care to the Cardiac Bridge to Transplant Patient
  • II. Ethical Considerations
  • Contesting the Boundary Between Life and Death: Organ Transplantation and the Identity of the Christian Community
  • Are There Any Limits to Scarcity?
  • Hard at Death’s Door
  • Organ Donation: A Catholic and Interfaith Perspective on Its Ethical Warrants and Contemporary Public Policy Concerns
  • III. Pastoral and Theological Perspectives
  • The Discerning Heart: The Psalms As Pastoral Resource in Ministry to Potential Organ Recipients and Their Families
  • Theological Reflections on Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation: A Theological Look
  • Reference Notes Included

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