This book addresses organ transplantation from a psychoanalytical perspective. Where other authors consider topics of informed consent, scarcity and organ trade, Zwart explores the ways in which the practice fundamentally challenges our basic experience and image of the body, revolving around issues such as embodiment, ownership and bodily integrity. In organ transplantation, the body emerges as something which we simultaneously have and are—constituting a whole, as well as a set of partial objects that can be transplanted and replaced, donated and sold.
• Presents a unique, psychoanalytical perspective on normative and experiential issues in organ transplantation
• Focuses on basic quandaries in transplantation medicine, such as embodiment, the moral status of the human body and the concept of bodily integrity
• Examines transplantation medicine via an oblique perspective, using genres of the imagination (notably organ transplant cinema) to broaden the area of reflection.