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Clinical advances and fiscal forces have converged to create anything unthinkable for far of human historical past: a strong industry in human physique items. each year, numerous american citizens provide blood, sperm, and breast milk to “banks” that shop those items for later use through strangers in regimen clinical techniques. those exchanges entail complex questions. Which physique items are donated and which offered? Who provides and who gets? And, in any case, who gains? during this eye-opening research, Kara Swanson strains the heritage of physique banks from the nineteenth-century experiments that came upon 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 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 categorised blood as whatever to be commercially got and bought, no longer communally shared. As blood banks grew to become a fixture of drugs after global battle II, American medical professionals made them a frontline of their conflict opposed to socialized drugs. The profit-making connotations of the “bank” strengthened a market-based figuring out of provide and distribution, with unforeseen results for all physique items, from human eggs to kidneys.

Ultimately, the financial institution metaphor straitjacketed criminal codes and strengthened inequalities in therapy. via 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 capability.

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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.

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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