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The Wafer Paperback – February 20, 2009
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From today's headlines, The Wafer deals with the blackmarket in organ transplants. McFadden brings medical thrillers to new levels.
--Sandy Whelchel, Authorship Magazine, Spring 2002
From the Author
My thanks go to Dr. John Hess of the Department of Anesthesiology at Eastern Virginia Medical School for editing the drugs; to Dr. Hormoz Azar of the surgery department at Eastern Virginia Medical School for his help with the bypass surgery, and to Dr. Jack Crumley, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of South Carolina, for letting me in on the heart transplant, especially the explant. In addition, the late Bill Anderson and his staff at Life Net Transplant Services provided invaluable information.
Early in the transplant era, the editors of the official scientific journal of the American College of Surgeons, Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, (now the journal of the American College of Surgeons) published my editorial, The Donor and His Physician. At the time, I wrote these opinions out of concern for the changing and often erroneous concepts of death, the danger of those concepts to patients who were misdiagnosed and were not really brain-dead, and the innate distrust created by the deceptive and misleading new terminology.
I thought then, and still think, people can handle open and candid explanations better than the hypocrisy of veiled language couched to obscure a double meaning. And under these circumstances they will respond generously when they understand the opportunity not only to save an organ itself from death, but at the same time to let a part of their relative live on, when they feel the desperation of the person who will die without the gift of a live organ, when they come to recognize and respect the life of an organ itself with its own silent intelligence working below the level of human awareness to create and sustain the miracle of life with brilliant alchemy still largely beyond the realm of human understanding.
The legal guidelines have changed since 1972, but not the controlling emotions. The editorial is reproduced here in tot. The Wafer evolved from these concepts over the years.
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