Conceiving wholeness: Women, motherhood, and ovarian transplantation, 1902 and 2004

Sarah B. Rodriguez, Lisa Campo-Engelstein

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Scholars have shown that organ transplantation may transform ideas about one's body, with recipients feeling that they are receiving not just a body part but also a part of the donor's identity.This article focuses on a different way in which organ transplantation shapes recipient identity: the idea of becoming whole.We present the case studies of two women separated by a century (one in 1902 and the other in 2004) who sought ovarian transplantation, and examine how ovarian transplantation can engender a sense of wholeness on the individual, the familial, and the cultural levels, due to its ability to enable a recipient to naturally conceive and experience pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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