{"id":4021603598415,"title":"Borrowing Life","handle":"borrowing-life","description":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan size=\"4\" style=\"font-size: large;\"\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan size=\"3\" style=\"font-size: medium;\"\u003eHow Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/shelley-fraser-mickle\"\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMeet the scientists and surgeons who turned the horrors of war into the gift of the first organ transplant.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"A beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eJill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of \u003c\/em\u003eLife After Life\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePeter Bent Brigham Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts; 1954. Nobel Prize-winning surgeon Joseph Murray and his team do the impossible. They transplant a donated kidney from Ronald Herrick to his twin brother, Richard, rescuing him from acute renal failure. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis first successful organ transplant was the summit of a long hard climb by a group of scientists and surgeons across the globe. \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e profiles these giants of science and reveals the intimate, fascinating story of their decades-long struggle to save lives. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/gotham-girl-interrupted\"\u003eGotham Girl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/rOeKnwAr67w\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\" width=\"560\" height=\"315\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/youtu.be\/Isu7z3P13rA\"\u003e Watch\u003c\/a\u003e the full length video\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003ePraise\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Working with Dr. Moore, Dr. Murray and Dr. Vandam to create the painting commemorating their historic operation and the research leading up to it was the greatest adventure of my artistic career. Out of their memories and discoveries in the archives, observation of present surgeries, the composition slowly emerged as a collaboration between an artist and a group of amazing human beings, recollecting their actions of forty years before. Having my painting on the cover of \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e renews that excitement, for I know what grand adventure is waiting for the reader.”\u003cbr\u003e \u003cem\u003eJoel Babb\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“I was so very pleased to be involved with Shelley as she wrote her captivating, compelling book. I am glad I had the opportunity to contribute some details and to see Shelley's stunning book published. I only wish that Ron could be here with me to read it.”\u003cbr\u003e \u003cem\u003eCynthia Herrick, wife of the first successful organ transplant donor\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“\u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e is an extraordinary work. Shelley Fraser Mickle has not only provided a detailed, fascinating documentation of the world’s first successful organ transplant, but she has also painted the lives of those involved—doctors, patients, family members—so vividly that the reader is completely enthralled and emotionally invested in their grieved losses as well as their successes. The result is a beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eJill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of \u003c\/em\u003eLife After Life\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-cover_240x240.jpg?4064\" alt=\"Borrowing Life\" style=\"float: none; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-cvr-hires.jpg.zip?4064\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-discussion-guide.pdf?4190\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Discussion Guide\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist whose first book, \u003cem\u003eThe Queen of October,\u003c\/em\u003e was a \u003cem\u003eNew York Times\u003c\/em\u003e Notable Book. Her novel \u003cem\u003eReplacing Dad\u003c\/em\u003e won an America's Writers Award and was adapted for film. She has also been a commentator for National Public Radio's \u003cem\u003eMorning Edition. \u003c\/em\u003eHer husband trained under the Brigham surgeons who are the focus of \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/shelley-fraser-mickle\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Shelley. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNovelist and biographer Mickle (\u003ci\u003eAmerican Pharaoh\u003c\/i\u003e) traces the long road to the first successful human kidney transplant, in 1954, in this involving chronicle. Avoiding medical jargon, Mickle uses her storytelling skills to bring the doctors and patients involved to life. She writes particularly admiringly of the three individuals central to the breakthrough: Boston surgeons Francis Moore and Joseph Murray and London researcher Peter Medawar, the latter two both Nobel Prize winners for their work. She captures distinguishing features of their lives — Moore’s patrician New England roots; the ostracism which the Lebanese-British Medawar sometimes endured due to his “Arab blood” — and personalities — Murray’s cheerful, almost childlike nature. She also conveys the determination they needed to overcome the problem of autoimmune rejection of foreign organs, over the course of many surgeries. Mickle provides biographies for many of the patients involved, including Richard Herrick, whose genetic compatibility with his identical twin, Ronald, proved the key, allowing the pivotal 1954 operation to take place. Readers will find this an uplifting look at the quest to make transplants the routine lifesaving procedures they have become.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdmiring biographies of a scientist, two surgeons, and several patients whose lives came together in a 1954 kidney transplant, the first that succeeded, heralding a medical revolution that continues to this day.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAward-winning novelist Mickle (The Occupation of Eliza Goode, 2013, etc.) turns her attention to nonfiction while making generous use of her storytelling skills. Her heroes are Peter Medawar (1915-1987), a British scientist considered the father of transplantation, who discovered the phenomenon of acquired immunological tolerance—conditions under which the body would not reject a foreign tissue; and Francis Moore (1913-2001), the youngest chairman of surgery in Harvard’s history, who aggressively supported many breakthrough techniques, including those of Joseph Murray (1919-2012), who performed the first successful transplant, a kidney, between identical twins, in 1954. More significantly, Murray did the same with an unrelated donor in 1962. In her enthusiastic narrative, Mickle pays close attention to patients, especially Charles Woods, who suffered catastrophic burns in a World War II plane crash and underwent years of surgery, many by Dr. Murray, to restore his face and hands. During his later experiments, Murray remembered that foreign skin transplants lasted much longer on the debilitated Woods. Readers will enjoy the author’s lucid account of the history of transplants and the difficulties faced by the pioneers, and she also offers generous accounts of their courtships, marriages, and offspring. At the end of the book, Mickle, whose husband trained under Moore and Murray, includes a chronology and instructions on becoming a kidney donor. “Over a decade,” writes the author, her subjects “pioneered the giving and taking of organs that one of the surgeons called ‘spare-parts surgery,’ or borrowing life, which in no way belittled the ultimate gift of retrieving life for one so close to losing it.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn irresistible if often gruesome account of a great medical struggle that featured a happy ending.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eLibrary Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMickle (American Pharaoh) uses her novelist’s skills for characterization and plot in this well-researched story of Charles Woods, an eccentric World War II pilot severely burned in a plane accident; Joe Murray, his young doctor at Valley Forge Hospital with only nine months of surgical training; Francis Moore, his Harvard-trained boss; and Peter Medawar, a zoology graduate student at Oxford who used his biological training to create successful skin grafts for British soldiers injured during the war. Inspired by Woods’s determination to live despite several surgeries and severe pain, Murray and Moore’s work on skin grafts and the body’s acceptance or rejection of them led to work on kidney transplantation, which had the same obstacles, at Brigham Hospital in Boston. Medawar’s key discoveries helped them succeed with the first successful organ transplant at Boston’s Peter Brent Brigham Hospital in 1954. VERDICT A thrilling and riveting story of determination, perseverance, and compassion that makes medical history accessible.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-62354-539-0\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-63289-217-1 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePage count: 304\u003cbr\u003e6 x 9\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2019-10-01T14:56:14-04:00","created_at":"2019-08-29T12:02:20-04:00","vendor":"Imagine Publishing","type":"Adult Book","tags":["adult","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Nonfiction","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Health \u0026 Beauty","Browse by Subject_History \u0026 Biography","Browse by Subject_Science \u0026 Nature","imagine","nonfiction"],"price":2499,"price_min":2499,"price_max":2499,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":29860204249167,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"45390","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Borrowing Life - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":2499,"weight":271,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":16,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"9781623545284"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/borrowing-life-cover.jpg?v=1586786735"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/borrowing-life-cover.jpg?v=1586786735","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":"Borrowing Life: How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality book cover","id":5801839755343,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.667,"height":2699,"width":1799,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/borrowing-life-cover.jpg?v=1574267135"},"aspect_ratio":0.667,"height":2699,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/borrowing-life-cover.jpg?v=1574267135","width":1799}],"content":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan size=\"4\" style=\"font-size: large;\"\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan size=\"3\" style=\"font-size: medium;\"\u003eHow Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/shelley-fraser-mickle\"\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMeet the scientists and surgeons who turned the horrors of war into the gift of the first organ transplant.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"A beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eJill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of \u003c\/em\u003eLife After Life\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePeter Bent Brigham Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts; 1954. Nobel Prize-winning surgeon Joseph Murray and his team do the impossible. They transplant a donated kidney from Ronald Herrick to his twin brother, Richard, rescuing him from acute renal failure. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis first successful organ transplant was the summit of a long hard climb by a group of scientists and surgeons across the globe. \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e profiles these giants of science and reveals the intimate, fascinating story of their decades-long struggle to save lives. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/gotham-girl-interrupted\"\u003eGotham Girl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/rOeKnwAr67w\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\" width=\"560\" height=\"315\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/youtu.be\/Isu7z3P13rA\"\u003e Watch\u003c\/a\u003e the full length video\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003ePraise\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Working with Dr. Moore, Dr. Murray and Dr. Vandam to create the painting commemorating their historic operation and the research leading up to it was the greatest adventure of my artistic career. Out of their memories and discoveries in the archives, observation of present surgeries, the composition slowly emerged as a collaboration between an artist and a group of amazing human beings, recollecting their actions of forty years before. Having my painting on the cover of \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e renews that excitement, for I know what grand adventure is waiting for the reader.”\u003cbr\u003e \u003cem\u003eJoel Babb\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“I was so very pleased to be involved with Shelley as she wrote her captivating, compelling book. I am glad I had the opportunity to contribute some details and to see Shelley's stunning book published. I only wish that Ron could be here with me to read it.”\u003cbr\u003e \u003cem\u003eCynthia Herrick, wife of the first successful organ transplant donor\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“\u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e is an extraordinary work. Shelley Fraser Mickle has not only provided a detailed, fascinating documentation of the world’s first successful organ transplant, but she has also painted the lives of those involved—doctors, patients, family members—so vividly that the reader is completely enthralled and emotionally invested in their grieved losses as well as their successes. The result is a beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eJill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of \u003c\/em\u003eLife After Life\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-cover_240x240.jpg?4064\" alt=\"Borrowing Life\" style=\"float: none; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-cvr-hires.jpg.zip?4064\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/borrowing-life-discussion-guide.pdf?4190\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Discussion Guide\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eShelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist whose first book, \u003cem\u003eThe Queen of October,\u003c\/em\u003e was a \u003cem\u003eNew York Times\u003c\/em\u003e Notable Book. Her novel \u003cem\u003eReplacing Dad\u003c\/em\u003e won an America's Writers Award and was adapted for film. She has also been a commentator for National Public Radio's \u003cem\u003eMorning Edition. \u003c\/em\u003eHer husband trained under the Brigham surgeons who are the focus of \u003cem\u003eBorrowing Life\u003c\/em\u003e. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/shelley-fraser-mickle\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Shelley. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNovelist and biographer Mickle (\u003ci\u003eAmerican Pharaoh\u003c\/i\u003e) traces the long road to the first successful human kidney transplant, in 1954, in this involving chronicle. Avoiding medical jargon, Mickle uses her storytelling skills to bring the doctors and patients involved to life. She writes particularly admiringly of the three individuals central to the breakthrough: Boston surgeons Francis Moore and Joseph Murray and London researcher Peter Medawar, the latter two both Nobel Prize winners for their work. She captures distinguishing features of their lives — Moore’s patrician New England roots; the ostracism which the Lebanese-British Medawar sometimes endured due to his “Arab blood” — and personalities — Murray’s cheerful, almost childlike nature. She also conveys the determination they needed to overcome the problem of autoimmune rejection of foreign organs, over the course of many surgeries. Mickle provides biographies for many of the patients involved, including Richard Herrick, whose genetic compatibility with his identical twin, Ronald, proved the key, allowing the pivotal 1954 operation to take place. Readers will find this an uplifting look at the quest to make transplants the routine lifesaving procedures they have become.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAdmiring biographies of a scientist, two surgeons, and several patients whose lives came together in a 1954 kidney transplant, the first that succeeded, heralding a medical revolution that continues to this day.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAward-winning novelist Mickle (The Occupation of Eliza Goode, 2013, etc.) turns her attention to nonfiction while making generous use of her storytelling skills. Her heroes are Peter Medawar (1915-1987), a British scientist considered the father of transplantation, who discovered the phenomenon of acquired immunological tolerance—conditions under which the body would not reject a foreign tissue; and Francis Moore (1913-2001), the youngest chairman of surgery in Harvard’s history, who aggressively supported many breakthrough techniques, including those of Joseph Murray (1919-2012), who performed the first successful transplant, a kidney, between identical twins, in 1954. More significantly, Murray did the same with an unrelated donor in 1962. In her enthusiastic narrative, Mickle pays close attention to patients, especially Charles Woods, who suffered catastrophic burns in a World War II plane crash and underwent years of surgery, many by Dr. Murray, to restore his face and hands. During his later experiments, Murray remembered that foreign skin transplants lasted much longer on the debilitated Woods. Readers will enjoy the author’s lucid account of the history of transplants and the difficulties faced by the pioneers, and she also offers generous accounts of their courtships, marriages, and offspring. At the end of the book, Mickle, whose husband trained under Moore and Murray, includes a chronology and instructions on becoming a kidney donor. “Over a decade,” writes the author, her subjects “pioneered the giving and taking of organs that one of the surgeons called ‘spare-parts surgery,’ or borrowing life, which in no way belittled the ultimate gift of retrieving life for one so close to losing it.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn irresistible if often gruesome account of a great medical struggle that featured a happy ending.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eLibrary Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMickle (American Pharaoh) uses her novelist’s skills for characterization and plot in this well-researched story of Charles Woods, an eccentric World War II pilot severely burned in a plane accident; Joe Murray, his young doctor at Valley Forge Hospital with only nine months of surgical training; Francis Moore, his Harvard-trained boss; and Peter Medawar, a zoology graduate student at Oxford who used his biological training to create successful skin grafts for British soldiers injured during the war. Inspired by Woods’s determination to live despite several surgeries and severe pain, Murray and Moore’s work on skin grafts and the body’s acceptance or rejection of them led to work on kidney transplantation, which had the same obstacles, at Brigham Hospital in Boston. Medawar’s key discoveries helped them succeed with the first successful organ transplant at Boston’s Peter Brent Brigham Hospital in 1954. 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Borrowing Life

Borrowing Life
How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality

By: Shelley Fraser Mickle

Meet the scientists and surgeons who turned the horrors of war into the gift of the first organ transplant.

"A beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”
Jill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of Life After Life

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts; 1954. Nobel Prize-winning surgeon Joseph Murray and his team do the impossible. They transplant a donated kidney from Ronald Herrick to his twin brother, Richard, rescuing him from acute renal failure. 

This first successful organ transplant was the summit of a long hard climb by a group of scientists and surgeons across the globe. Borrowing Life profiles these giants of science and reveals the intimate, fascinating story of their decades-long struggle to save lives. 

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“Working with Dr. Moore, Dr. Murray and Dr. Vandam to create the painting commemorating their historic operation and the research leading up to it was the greatest adventure of my artistic career. Out of their memories and discoveries in the archives, observation of present surgeries, the composition slowly emerged as a collaboration between an artist and a group of amazing human beings, recollecting their actions of forty years before. Having my painting on the cover of Borrowing Life renews that excitement, for I know what grand adventure is waiting for the reader.”
Joel Babb

“I was so very pleased to be involved with Shelley as she wrote her captivating, compelling book. I am glad I had the opportunity to contribute some details and to see Shelley's stunning book published. I only wish that Ron could be here with me to read it.”
Cynthia Herrick, wife of the first successful organ transplant donor

Borrowing Life is an extraordinary work. Shelley Fraser Mickle has not only provided a detailed, fascinating documentation of the world’s first successful organ transplant, but she has also painted the lives of those involved—doctors, patients, family members—so vividly that the reader is completely enthralled and emotionally invested in their grieved losses as well as their successes. The result is a beautiful tribute to medical science as well as to humanity.”
Jill McCorkle, NYT bestselling author of Life After Life

Shelley Fraser Mickle, author

Shelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist whose first book, The Queen of October, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her novel Replacing Dad won an America's Writers Award and was adapted for film. She has also been a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Her husband trained under the Brigham surgeons who are the focus of Borrowing Life. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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Publishers Weekly

Novelist and biographer Mickle (American Pharaoh) traces the long road to the first successful human kidney transplant, in 1954, in this involving chronicle. Avoiding medical jargon, Mickle uses her storytelling skills to bring the doctors and patients involved to life. She writes particularly admiringly of the three individuals central to the breakthrough: Boston surgeons Francis Moore and Joseph Murray and London researcher Peter Medawar, the latter two both Nobel Prize winners for their work. She captures distinguishing features of their lives — Moore’s patrician New England roots; the ostracism which the Lebanese-British Medawar sometimes endured due to his “Arab blood” — and personalities — Murray’s cheerful, almost childlike nature. She also conveys the determination they needed to overcome the problem of autoimmune rejection of foreign organs, over the course of many surgeries. Mickle provides biographies for many of the patients involved, including Richard Herrick, whose genetic compatibility with his identical twin, Ronald, proved the key, allowing the pivotal 1954 operation to take place. Readers will find this an uplifting look at the quest to make transplants the routine lifesaving procedures they have become.

Kirkus Reviews

Admiring biographies of a scientist, two surgeons, and several patients whose lives came together in a 1954 kidney transplant, the first that succeeded, heralding a medical revolution that continues to this day.

Award-winning novelist Mickle (The Occupation of Eliza Goode, 2013, etc.) turns her attention to nonfiction while making generous use of her storytelling skills. Her heroes are Peter Medawar (1915-1987), a British scientist considered the father of transplantation, who discovered the phenomenon of acquired immunological tolerance—conditions under which the body would not reject a foreign tissue; and Francis Moore (1913-2001), the youngest chairman of surgery in Harvard’s history, who aggressively supported many breakthrough techniques, including those of Joseph Murray (1919-2012), who performed the first successful transplant, a kidney, between identical twins, in 1954. More significantly, Murray did the same with an unrelated donor in 1962. In her enthusiastic narrative, Mickle pays close attention to patients, especially Charles Woods, who suffered catastrophic burns in a World War II plane crash and underwent years of surgery, many by Dr. Murray, to restore his face and hands. During his later experiments, Murray remembered that foreign skin transplants lasted much longer on the debilitated Woods. Readers will enjoy the author’s lucid account of the history of transplants and the difficulties faced by the pioneers, and she also offers generous accounts of their courtships, marriages, and offspring. At the end of the book, Mickle, whose husband trained under Moore and Murray, includes a chronology and instructions on becoming a kidney donor. “Over a decade,” writes the author, her subjects “pioneered the giving and taking of organs that one of the surgeons called ‘spare-parts surgery,’ or borrowing life, which in no way belittled the ultimate gift of retrieving life for one so close to losing it.”

An irresistible if often gruesome account of a great medical struggle that featured a happy ending.

Library Journal

Mickle (American Pharaoh) uses her novelist’s skills for characterization and plot in this well-researched story of Charles Woods, an eccentric World War II pilot severely burned in a plane accident; Joe Murray, his young doctor at Valley Forge Hospital with only nine months of surgical training; Francis Moore, his Harvard-trained boss; and Peter Medawar, a zoology graduate student at Oxford who used his biological training to create successful skin grafts for British soldiers injured during the war. Inspired by Woods’s determination to live despite several surgeries and severe pain, Murray and Moore’s work on skin grafts and the body’s acceptance or rejection of them led to work on kidney transplantation, which had the same obstacles, at Brigham Hospital in Boston. Medawar’s key discoveries helped them succeed with the first successful organ transplant at Boston’s Peter Brent Brigham Hospital in 1954. VERDICT A thrilling and riveting story of determination, perseverance, and compassion that makes medical history accessible.

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