My book, with co-author Rena Down, The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in October 2011. You can order it at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, as well as various international on-line booksellers. (Print and e-copies are available).
"Bramstedt & Down's The Organ Donor Experience has done what none have before: tell the story of all phases of organ donation from the donor’s perspective. By doing this, the reader is thrust into the mind of the donors, to understand their motivations and ultimately, what is altruistic behavior. This is an essential read for all those interested in organ donation." (Dr. Richard Fatica, Medical Director, Kidney Transplantation, Cleveland Clinic)
"...[The Organ Donor Experience] escapes the drudgery of a research-laden study and instead reads as a fascinating story about a very human issue." (Publisher's Weekly, 12/05/2011) "This book provides a unique and compelling perspective....The authors seamlessly weave together a scholarly analysis of organ donation to strangers and the stories of these donors....The analysis and stories are challenging, leading the reader to welcome the appendix of resources for those who want more information. Bramstedt and Down are to be commended for informing readers about an underreported aspect of organ donation and honoring these "good Samaritans" in this scholarly and readable book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." (CHOICE Reviews Online, May 2012)
"Outstanding!" 12/24/2010 Dr. Glenn McGee, Founding Editor, American Journal of Bioethics
"I had the opportunity to read a pre-publication of this book [1st Ed]. It is simply outstanding. It was genius to concoct such a book, and the book itself is jam packed with indispensable knowledge for patients and families who expect to encounter or have encountered a problem that tests their values and beliefs. Highly recommended!"
"Finding Your Way [is] a revolutionary new book about bioethics intended for patients and their families. What's revolutionary is the belated and welcome effort to offer bioethics basics to patients, who are often left out of the conversation about the bioethical principles that so greatly impact their care." (Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2012)
“…a rich resource…designed to help readers think about serious decisions before they arise, the book’s chapters each cover a medical situation with ethical overtones. In plain language designed for the lay person, the book would be a welcome addition to health care providers’ reading lists to better understand the patient’s perspective as well.” (Medical Library Association/CAPHIS, 2012)
"This book is designed to help patients and families make informed decisions about medical and ethical issues they may face. Written in plain language for the lay reader, it can help in both medical decision-making and planning for future health care. Each chapter presents one topic that might arise in life, along with a fictional case that sets the stage for discussion. Some of the topics that might be of particular interest to people with dementia and their families include advance directives, refusing medical treatment, health care at the end of life, neuroethics (issues that arise when illness affects the brain), genetic testing, and participating in a research study. Other topics include Do Not Resuscitate Orders, non-beneficial medical interventions, quality of life and treatment burdens, patient privacy and confidentiality, transplant ethics, reproductive technology, and pediatric ethics. The book also has a list of helpful resources and a glossary of frequently used terms in medical ethics and health care." (National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, 2012)
"This collection of poems remind us of our duty to do our best for patients with chronic vertigo or other balance disorders: to be compassionate, offer hope, and employ all our resources in treating these patients until they regain their balance and their lives. Medical practitioners, as well as patients suffering from vertigo and equilibrium disorders, should read these poems." Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
Trapped in My Own Labyrinth (ISBN-13: 978992597719, Salvataggio Press, 60pp, 2014) is a collection of poems, written as a form of narrative medicine, while the author was suffering from vertigo. The poems (each linked to an image) are presented in chronological format, from illness onset, through various treatments, and recovery. The poems are a deep insight into the world of suffering that occurs in patients who have balance disorders such as vertigo.
The book is available as an iTunes download. Click on the book image to open the link.
Art is Good Medicine(ISBN-13: 9780992597733, Salvataggio Press, 70pp, 2016) is a collection of photographic images of mixed media artwork created by 26 medical students and teachers at Bond University (QLD, Australia). The artwork was displayed as a formal community art exhibit during Medical Humanities Week in March 2016.
The book is free for viewing on iPad and Mac systems. Click the book image for free access.
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