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Solving the Organ Shortage

Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere is the first Westerner ever to witness Iran’s organ procurement system.  She shares what she discovered in this fascinating book: part diary living in a dangerous county, part ethnographic essay, and part tale of people working together to overcome death and financial ruin.


“Sigrid Fry-Revere has given us an amazing, courageous, provocative, even dangerous look at the complex and generally successful system of selling/donation that has solved the kidney supply problem in Iran .”   Robert Veatch, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Fellow of the Hastings Center. 

Sigrid’s journey…reads like a novel blended with a captivating news article that you quite literally cannot put down. …I give the book a very strong five stars.Marisa Slusarcyk, Rogue Reviews http://rogue-reviews.com/kidney-sellers-sigrid-fry-revere/.

The Kidney Sellers 
A Journey of Discovery in Iran

AUTHOR: Sigrid Fry-Revere
PUBLISHER: Carolina Academic Press
PUBLICATION: March 1, 2014

A ground breaking ethnographic research book exploring the medical ethics of compensating organ donors.  The Kidney Sellers is a thought-provoking true story.

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Rarely does an adventure story carry such social significance as in this groundbreaking ethnographic research book. Solving the Organ Shortage
Dr. Fry-Revere’s exploration of the medical ethics of compensating organ donors takes us deep inside Iranian culture to provide insight and understanding into how Iran has solved its kidney shortage.

The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran addresses the question: How it is possible that in Iran there is a waiting list to be a donor, while in the United States hundreds of thousands of people have died for lack of a kidney? 

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FROM THE AUTHOR


Sometimes the truth lies not in abstract principles but in the stories of the lives affected and lost.
Dr. Sigrid Fry-Reveren the arches of Chubi bridge
Ever since my son had kidney cancer, I’ve wanted to find a solution to the U.S. kidney shortage. As a bioethics professional, the organ shortage has posed intractable problems that raise basic ethical questions.  Nothing in my years of study has come closer to an answer than what I saw in Iran.

Ultimately, people are more alike than we think.

I hope hearing my story and the stories of the people I met in the United States and Iran will humanize the organ shortage. 

How we react to new insights is a telling sign of our most inner character.

I’m sure if you read my book with an open mind and an open heart you will find yourself contemplating things you’ve never thought of before. The story I tell has wide-reaching ramifications for how we understand Iran, the U.S. organ shortage, and the people who sell their kidneys.
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BEHIND THE SCENES

Dialysis Patient Hasheminejad Hospt Dialysis Unit (not interviewed) 2Dr. Fry-Revere spent nearly two months visiting six transplant regions in Iran, videotaping hundreds of interviews with donors and recipients and with those who arrange kidney sales.

This book chronicles her personal experience, beginning with her son’s cancer, her research into the suffering of U.S. dialysis patients, and finally to her adventures in Iran.
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EARLY PRAISES

Center for Ethical Solutions
“Eloquently, humorously written, it is one of my best reads in years–fascinating to anyone who loves a good travel adventure story, but essential for anyone interested in overcoming the organ transplant problem that costs thousands of lives each year.”

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SOLVING THE ORGAN SHORTAGE

The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran is part of the Center for Ethical Solutions’ Solving The Organ Shortage Program. The Center is creating a report to study different schemes from countries around the world about how each country allocates organs to patients in need. This book explores how the U.S. has failed its kidney disease patients, while Iran, of all places, may have found a way to save them.





The Center for Ethical Solutions is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charity dedicated to educating the public on patient-care issues in medicine. The Center's financial statement (990EZ IRS annual tax filling) is available upon written request from the Center or from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs.