Your Body, Your Choice is the first book addressed to the lay-person on the revolutionary scientific advancements currently challenging the whole practice of one of medicine's oldest therapies – blood transfusion.
The long and widely accepted notion that donated blood is the "gift of life" has been thrust under the microscope. Scientific scrutiny is proving quite conclusively that the old notion is deeply flawed. Indeed, all too often, the "gift of life" has become the "bringer of death."
Your Body, Your Choice encapsulates a whole new world of thinking. It focuses on the extraordinary revolution destined to have direct and vital impact on the lives of all seeking treatment in hospitals or medical clinics.
Comprehensive coverage of:
• History of blood transfusion
• Inherent risks and complications of blood transfusion
• Physiology of blood and red cell production
• History of “bloodless surgery”
• Multiple surgical, anaesthetic and pharmacological strategies to avoid blood transfusion
• Major surgeries (including liver transplantation) without blood transfusion
• Benefits of the “bloodless” approach
Expert and Reviewer Comments
"A thorough, up-to-date, and well-written account of transfusion risks, benefits and alternatives that should be required reading for both health care practitioner and patient alike."
Prof Richard K. Spence MD - Clinical Professor of Surgery,
University of Alabama School of Allied Health Professions, Alabama,
Director of Surgical Education for the Baptist Health
Systems Hospitals, Alabama, USA.
"Treating patients without blood, so-called Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, is a contribution to medicine that will propel us into the new millennium. This book is a comparable contribution to Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. Farmer and Webb exhausted the current resources available and provided the reader with the most intelligible, comprehensive and interesting reading on the topic of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. I salute them for a job well done."
A/Prof Aryeh Shander MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology,
Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA.
Chief of Anesthesioloy and Critical Care
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood NJ, USA
“YOUR BODY, YOUR CHOICE has become my reference when preparing lectures on bloodless medicine and surgery for continuing medical education. Undoubtedly, it offers the most comprehensive text available today to blood conservation program medical directors, nurse coordinators and administrators in their never ending quest to educate and motivate the medical and paramedical profession towards this paradigm shift in medical care for now and for the future. No medical or nursing library should be without it. Well done.”
Dr Efraim B Kramer,
Emergency Medicine Physician,
Medical Director, Netcare Blood Conservation Program, South Africa
"Your Body, Your Choice is the first book published on the history of blood transfusion and all the current and future alternatives to it. The authors have managed to adopt a clear, detailed approach to an otherwise complex subject matter. The result is a book that is both comprehensive and easily comprehended. Numerous illustrations further enrich the work. The interested layman and patient will find Your Body, Your Choice most helpful. At the same time, physicians and scientists will be referring to its huge base of knowledge and information. This book is highly recommended to anyone who wants to know more about blood transfusions and the ways to avoid them. Furthermore, the reader will learn why bloodless medicine is a good option for most patients these days."
Prof. Donat R. Spahn
Institute for Anesthesiology
University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
“It should be compulsory reading for medical students and junior specialist trainees.”
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine 2000 International Congress
“A useful reminder to all doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists of all grades, trainees to consultants, that blood is a valuable commodity that should be used sparingly and, in many instances, not at all. It is recommended reading.”
ANZ Journal of Surgery November 2001