By Kara W. Swanson

Medical advances and fiscal forces have converged to create anything unthinkable for a lot of human background: a strong marketplace in human physique items. each year, numerous americans provide blood, sperm, and breast milk to “banks” that shop those items for later use via strangers in regimen scientific methods. those exchanges entail advanced questions. Which physique items are donated and which offered? Who provides and who gets? And, in spite of everything, who earnings? during this eye-opening examine, Kara Swanson strains the background of physique banks from the nineteenth-century experiments that came upon 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 to be had to all sufferers. but the financial institution metaphor classified blood as anything to be commercially received and bought, no longer communally shared. As blood banks grew to become a fixture of medication after global struggle 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 realizing of provide 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 therapy. via exploring its earlier, Banking at the physique charts the trail to a extra effective and no more exploitative distribution of the human body’s life-giving power.

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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. 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.

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