Sharon R. Kaufman is Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of
Family Matters: Kidneys and New Forms of Care
This chapter demonstrates how patients and families become caught up in the world of kidney transplantation, especially living donor transplantation. Living kidney donation, in particular from an adult child to a parent, has become a normal cultural practice and a routine social fact that, for many, guides how love and obligation are expressed.