Body Shopping

Pages: 240
Subject: Current Affairs, Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

Body Shopping

The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood

Donna Dickenson

Presents a case against the rights of businesses to harvest body parts and gain profit from the resulting processes. This book offers a fresh take on the evolving legal position, the historical long view, and the biomedical research. It is suitable for those who believe that no human should ever be reduced to the sum of their body parts.
9781851686230 (13 Jan 2009)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Our tissues, genes, and organs are becoming, in the words of the head of one pharmaceutical company, ‘the currency of the future'. From the trafficking of women for their eggs to ‘beauty junkies' and designer gene repair kits, Donna Dickenson reveals the myriad and often ingenious ways that body parts are converted into profits.

Despite what the media - or even your doctor - might say, the current biotechnological gold rush is not inevitable and can be resisted. This gripping, powerful book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ownership and the commercial use (and abuse) of our bodies and those of our loved ones. The fight isn't over yet. Indeed, it's hardly begun.

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs, Popular Science
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Donna Dickenson is the first woman recipient of the International Spinoza Lens award for her contribution to public debate on ethics. She is Professor Emerita of

Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London, and former John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a regular contributor to radio and television, and has been profiled in The Times and in the foreign press.


"The body as cash cow, an expos

- Publishing News

"This is a horrifying book. It isn't news that human tissue and organs are bought and sold, but it is horrifying to learn the extent, the heartlessness and sometimes the ghoulishness of this international trade."

- The Sunday Times

"Do we `own' our bodies, and if not, who does? Medical ethicist Dickenson combines lucid explanations of legal arguments and case studies with a thought-provoking polemicism."

- The Guardian

"Dickenson's book is a scandal a page; horror writers in a search of a plot would do well to consult it … It is also a thoughtful, intelligent, highly readable work written by someone with impeccable credentials... Gently, thoroughly and reasonably calmly, she guides us through a new world of horrific possibilities..."

- Financial Times

"Body Shopping is ambitious and thoughtful … This book could not be more timely … a chilling account of the trade in human body parts … If there is any doubt over whether the human body is a global commodity, Dickenson ably puts it to rest."

- New Scientist