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

By Kara W. Swanson

Clinical advances and fiscal forces have converged to create anything unthinkable for a lot of human background: a powerful industry 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 scientific techniques. those exchanges entail advanced questions. Which physique items are donated and which bought? Who supplies and who gets? And, after all, who earnings? during this eye-opening research, Kara Swanson lines 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 international 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 categorized blood as anything to be commercially acquired and bought, now not communally shared. As blood banks turned a fixture of medication after international conflict II, American medical professionals made them a frontline of their struggle opposed to socialized medication. The profit-making connotations of the “bank” strengthened a market-based realizing 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 strengthened inequalities in treatment. through exploring its prior, 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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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.

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.

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.

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