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February 2000

Every 16 Minutes A New Person Joins the Organ Transplant Registry

SEBASTOPOL, CA --Because disease doesn't play favorites, people of all ages, economic, social and racial status become sick. For 64,000 people in the United States, the next step will be waiting to receive an organ transplant. The wait can be days, weeks, months, or in many cases, even years.

Organ Transplants: Making the Most of Your Gift of Life by Robert Finn is for people who find themselves in need of an organ or tissue transplant and their family members. Reg Green, author of The Nicholas Effect: A Boy's Gift to the World, has written the foreword. Nicholas was the little boy from Bodega Bay, CA whose family was vacationing in Italy when he was killed by bandits. His parents made the decision to donate his organs.

Finn's book includes information on:

  • Making the decision to have a transplant
  • Choosing a transplant team
  • Factors that go into determining a match
  • What to do while waiting
  • Detailed information on heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and other transplants
  • Anti-rejection drugs and how to manage health after a transplant takes place
  • Emotional responses and where to look for support
  • Stories from people who have received transplants
Potential recipients can increase their chances for getting an organ and adapting successfully by understanding how the transplant system works and what to expect. This is the most complete and up-to-date book on the market that addresses organ transplantation for people who may need an organ transplant.

About the Author

Robert Finn is a science and medical journalist who has written hundreds of articles for dozens of publications, including Discover, Men's Fitness, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Scientist. Although he has written about practically all areas of science, he specializes in biomedicine and in science policy and has interviewed close to 1,000 scientists, physicians, and other experts during his career. Robert Finn is the author of Cancer Clinical Trials: Experimental Treatments and How They Can Help You (Patient-Centered Guides, 1999) and conducts nationwide workshops based on the book.

Organ Transplants: Making the Most of Your Gift of Life
by Robert Finn
$19.95, 311 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1-56592-634-X

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