This book uses both oral and conventional historical methods to describe and analyze the history of lung transplantation in the US. While drawing on accounts from doctors and other specialists, it primarily focuses on the experiences of patients and explores themes of uncertainty, timing, identity, coping, and quality of life.
Mary Jo Festle is a professor of History at Elon University, where she teaches courses in recent U.S. History and Oral History. She is also the author of Playing Nice: Politics and Apologies in Women's Sports. Her brother Bob had a lung transplant.