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Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in by Kara W. Swanson

By Kara W. Swanson

Medical advances and fiscal forces have converged to create whatever unthinkable for a lot of human background: a strong industry in human physique items. each year, numerous americans offer blood, sperm, and breast milk to “banks” that shop those items for later use via strangers in regimen clinical methods. those exchanges entail complex questions. Which physique items are donated and which offered? Who supplies and who gets? And, in any case, who earnings? during this eye-opening examine, Kara Swanson strains the historical past of physique banks from the nineteenth-century experiments that came across healing makes use of for physique items to twenty-first-century web pages that facilitate a thriving worldwide exchange.

More than a metaphor, the “bank” has formed ongoing controversies over physique items as both marketable commodities or presents donated to assist others. a doctor, Dr. Bernard Fantus, proposed a “bank” in 1937 to make blood on hand to all sufferers. but the financial institution metaphor classified blood as whatever to be commercially got and bought, now not communally shared. As blood banks grew to become a fixture of drugs after international battle II, American medical professionals made them a frontline of their warfare opposed to socialized medication. The profit-making connotations of the “bank” strengthened a market-based realizing of offer and distribution, with unforeseen effects for all physique items, from human eggs to kidneys.

Ultimately, the financial institution metaphor straitjacketed criminal codes and bolstered inequalities in treatment. by means of exploring its previous, Banking at the physique charts the trail to a extra effective and no more exploitative distribution of the human body’s life-giving strength.

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Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W.. Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W..

All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W.. Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W.. Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press.

Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W.. Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014. Copyright © 2014. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. Swanson, Kara W.. Banking on the Body : The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America.

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