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Author Nathoo, Ayesha
Title Hearts exposed [electronic resource] : transplants and the media in 1960s Britain / AyeshaNathoo
Imprint Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xv, 262 p.) : ill
Series Science, technology, and medicine in modern history
Science, technology, and medicine in modern history
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-254) and index
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Making the heart transplantable. The 'pump' : its disciplines, institutions and professionals; 'Spare-part surgery' and human heart transplants ; Preparing doctors and the public -- Communicating medicine in post-war Britain. Doctors and the control of medical communication ; Making medical news and the challenge of television ; Medical accountability -- Creating the most famous operation in the world. Breaking news ; Louis Washkansky : the world's most famous patient ; Christiaan Barnard: South Africa's 'most valued ambassador' -- 'The most extraordinary programme ever shown on television' : a new medium for debating medicine. Negotiating arenas and methods of medical debate ; Tomorrow's world in the making : shaping medical debate ; Response to the 'medical circus' -- Hospital-media relations in the first British heart transplant. Staging a press conference to manage a media event ; Continuing the story: using the press or being used? ; Divided communities -- Managing medicine's image in the 'time of the heart transplants'. Public accountability -- 'Brain death' and access to medical decision-making ; Donor supply and trust in the medical profession ; A moratorium on heart transplants
In 1968, a year not short of news, a story from within the traditionally reticent medical profession kept making headlines: transplantationof the human heart. Following the pioneering South African operation the previous year, over 100 cardiac transplants were performed worldwide, three of them in Britain. But with most recipients dead within weeks,the procedure was all but abandoned for a decade. Hearts Exposed offers the first analysis of the media involvement in the early heart-transplant operations in Britain, understanding this as an integral part of acritical period in medical history, and a turning point in medical-media relations. Using a wealth of newly available sources, it demonstrates how unprecedented media attention reshaped professional ethics and, by threatening public trust in doctors, profoundly affected the course of transplant surgery
Link Print version: Nathoo, Ayesha. Hearts exposed. Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 9781403987303 (DLC) 2008042702 (OCoLC)232981149
Subject Heart -- Transplantation -- Great Britain -- History
Health in mass media
Heart Transplantation -- history -- Great Britain
History, 20th Century -- Great Britain
Mass Media -- history -- Great Britain
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