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Ted Harrison

The Essay, A Letter to My Body Episode 4 of 5

Writer and journalist Ted Harrison asks what body, soul and self really mean in the light of advances in our understanding of molecular biology. Can the Cartesian idea of body-soul dualism mean anything today? Twenty years ago Ted himself received a life-saving kidney transplant. He reflects on how he views the donor organ - and the unknown friend who donated it and he asks whether the development of organ and tissue transplantation changes our notions of the integrity of the body.
Producer: Charlotte Simpson.

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Thu 9 Jun 2011 22:45

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