The eighth chapter of Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere's recently published book The Kidney Sellers is entitled "Organs for Opium". This book section chronicles the author's experiences in Tabriz, Iran. I think I now know the names of more Iranian cities than American cities. The highlights of this shorter chapter include the following: the self-concept of the inhabitants of Tabriz, the extensive Azerbaijani influence in Tabriz, the author's Western travel lifestyle wants, the practice of daughter "gifting", the primary motivating force for Iranian kidney donors, the unknown percentage of addicted Iranian kidney donors, cultural culinary mishaps, child brides, the real reason why Iran simultaneously has eliminated its kidney shortage but has fewer kidney transplants per capita than the U.S., the author's interesting Christmas traditions, and archeological treasures. The LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOGger identified no lowlights in this chapter.
The seventh chapter of Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere's forthcoming new book The Kidney Sellers is entitled "The Rich and the Holy". This chapter of the book is also subdivided into many subchapters. This chapter details the author's experiences in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran.
Themes of this chapter include Iranian sexism, Turkish and Moroccan sexism, the use of brain-dead cadaver kidney donors, wise advice from magician Penn Jillette, the variable motivations of Iranian living kidney donors, death protocols in the "first world" as compared to the "third world", the lonely life of Iranian intellectuals, and the Persian soul.
The final paragraph of this chapter, however, was very distressing to the LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOGger. In this section the author admits she believes "caring for the less fortunate" is a personal AND a governmental responsibility. Say it ain't so, Sigrid, say it ain't so!!! Such a statement (in conjunction with several other opinions delivered previously in the book) certainly makes me doubt the "libertarian" bona fides of Dr. Fry-Revere. I trust the remainder of the work will clarify her political persuasion.
The sixth chapter of Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere's forthcoming new book The Kidney Sellers is entitled "The Poor and the "Lucky'". This portion of the work is a chronicle of the author's experiences in Isfahan, Iran. Like the previous two chapters, this chapter is divided into multiple short subsections.
The highlights of this chapter are as follows: an interesting Iranian Muslim parable about justice, the beauty of "the pearl of Persia", a comparison of Iran and Greece, an odd conversation, a visit to Al-Zahra Hospital, a disappointing Iranian National Kidney Foundation Anjoman, nanny tales, the amazing Abulfazi Anjoman, and a ridiculous Islamic cultural taboo. I can report no lowlights in this chapter. The libertarian theme of the chapter was the variable mixture of selfish and altruistic motivations (consistent with Austrian subjective value theory) given by Iranian compensated kidney donors when explaining why they ultimately chose to proceed with kidney donation.
Dr. Fry-Revere's writing continues to impress.
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Don Stacy is a 47 yo libertarian writer and physician. His articles have been published by multiple libertarian-themed websites. He practices medicine as a radiation oncologist in Hazard, KY.