Anthropology professor Lesley Sharp's research on organ transplantation was cited by Raffi Khatchadourian in the February 13, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. The description is drawn from Prof. Sharp's book STRANGE HARVEST: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self. An excerpt from the article:
"There are many reasons for the secrecy around organ donation, among them the emotional complications -- what the anthropologist Lesley Sharp calls "biosentimentality" -- that follow when one person's tissue is sutured into another's. Some donor families seek a relationship with "their" recipient. Many others opt for privacy. Even conventional organ donation carries questions of personal identity and cultural anxiety. One healthy donor can save as many as eight people, and help dozens more, but less than half of us agree to part with our organs in death. Given that thousands of people die from lack of organs, this might seem tragically irrational. But reason has limits: a heart is also your heart."
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A medical anthropologist by training, Sharp is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Anthropology. Her research is concerned with critical analyses of the symbolics of the human body, and organ transplantation, procurement, and donation.