Please Read The Story Of (A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE) BY MARY ROACH) – Book Report/Review Example
Brain Donation Center
The author gives a critical picture of what a rare experience it is in brain donation center. This work gives an insight into the critical aspects of donating brain, the procedure and the societal view of the practice. The story generally gives mixed reactions towards this exercise as far as the right of the donors is concerned. Mary claims that the brain donation itself is good for the healthcare of the society but raises concern on the way the process if is scary (Roach 76-7). In her narration, the idea of brain donation provides specimen for research in the medical field concerning brain dysfunctionality. This is reasonable move but the way of carrying out the head dissection to remove the brain and alternative storage measures significantly discourages potential donors. Mary indicates that she can see chopped heads and sliced brains and this is the main point of her fear. Mary cannot imagine that one time if she is dead her brain will be taken through such a process.
Considering facts surrounding the brain donation, it seems that it is generally good. In the first place when one is dead, the brain can still support other living people which may be a relative or any other individual (Roach 76-7). The research in medical field is critical in the overall progress in healthcare quality. All that is required is the consent of the next of kin of the donor. Besides, the donor is not likely to experience any thing in his/her state of unconsciousness or death making the process irrelevant to individual feelings.
It can be concluded that donation of brain is a positive move towards helping other human beings that are still alive. However, the author’s assertion that one should not visit the donation centre is true as the scary experience may significantly discourage one from taking the donation card.
Roach, Mary. Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2003. Print.