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Clinical advances and monetary forces have converged to create whatever unthinkable for a lot of human heritage: a strong marketplace in human physique items. each year, numerous american citizens 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 provides and who gets? And, in any case, who earnings? during this eye-opening examine, Kara Swanson lines the historical past of physique banks from the nineteenth-century experiments that chanced on healing makes use of for physique items to twenty-first-century web content 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 aid others. a doctor, Dr. Bernard Fantus, proposed a “bank” in 1937 to make blood to be had to all sufferers. but the financial institution metaphor classified blood as anything to be commercially acquired and offered, no longer communally shared. As blood banks turned a fixture of drugs after global warfare II, American medical professionals made them a frontline of their battle opposed to socialized medication. The profit-making connotations of the “bank” bolstered a market-based knowing of offer and distribution, with unforeseen outcomes for all physique items, from human eggs to kidneys.

Ultimately, the financial institution metaphor straitjacketed felony codes and bolstered inequalities in treatment. via exploring its earlier, Banking at the physique charts the trail to a extra effective and not more exploitative distribution of the human body’s life-giving capability.

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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. 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. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary.

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. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 29 December 2014.

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