The bone thief

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Bass, Jefferson
The bone thief
I recently finished “Bone thief” by Jefferson Bass. This book touched on a
subject near and dear to my heart, which is organ transplantation, though
the work is entirely fictional. One of the central characters suffered
radiation poisoning in a previous work and a hand transplant was being
touted as a possibility. The collaborative team of Bill Bass and Jon
Jefferson have written several books together and this is the best so far.
Bill Bass is the originator of the Body Farm, an annex to the University
of Tennessee.  He has conducted and assisted in simplifying calculations
for time of death by running experiments, initially on pigs and then on
donated cadavers. The book also mentioned the dark side of the organ
industry. In the back of the book, the authors mentioned “Body brokers,”
which is a nonfiction work exploring the funeral industry and the dubious
ethics of some of its members. It seems that there is always a loophole
for the unethical or shortcut person.  Both books were informative and
enjoyable and some crossover of issues was evident.

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