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I thought buying a Kindle would help me stop rabidly stockpiling books, but I was clearly mistaken. These are recent additions to my personal library, with several more not pictured. 

I thought buying a Kindle would help me stop rabidly stockpiling books, but I was clearly mistaken. These are recent additions to my personal library, with several more not pictured. 

“Moreover, in the 1960s and 1970s, a government-backed mass health campaign to treat schistosomiasis involved medical injections with reused needles, which were boiled for sterilization between patient injections. This inadvertently infected a significant percentage of the population with hepatitis C, a heat-resistant virus that survived the attempted sterilization via boiling (Frank et al 2000). Egypt currently ranks as having the highest prevalence of this deadly liver virus in the world, and the devastating repercussions of infections are now presenting themselves clinically, with international reports suggesting an imminent “viral time bomb” (McGrath et al 2009b). Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of the entire Egyptian population is said to be infected with hepatitis C, with liver diseases dominating national health concerns. Different parts of the body thus carry with them different social histories, symbolic meanings, and medical outcomes in transplantation, which influence the ethical understandings and consequences of the transplant.”

Sherine Hamdy, from the introduction to Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt

Elsewhere in the introduction, Hamdy writes: “The historical reality of organ transplantation worldwide reveals a rocky beginning that is both obscured and denied by the popular U.S. rhetoric of the “gift of life.” In Egypt, as elsewhere, many of the early recipients of kidneys died shortly after their transplant operations. In the province of Shbin al-Kom, the first three liver lobe transplants in the 1990s resulted in both the recipients and the healthy living donors dying before a moratorium on the procedure was called into effect.”

For more about schistosomiasis in Egypt, refer to "Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis in Egypt" by Rashida M. Barakat; for more about the link between anti-schistosomiasis treatments and hepatitis C virus, refer to "Further evidence for association of hepatitis C infection with parenteral schistosomiasis treatment in Egypt" by Malla Rao et al.

“A silence like an answer, a silence of both resignation and expectation; a past and not past.” —Maria Dermoût, The Ten Thousand Things, translated by Hans Koning
Qur’an 75:3 — “Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones?”

Qur’an 75:3 — “Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones?”

I recently had a questionable interview experience in Portland, but seeing this view made the ordeal worthwhile. 

I recently had a questionable interview experience in Portland, but seeing this view made the ordeal worthwhile. 

Books on my “to read” list for 2014, via the University of California Press

A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker

A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker

A few weeks ago, in New Brunswick, NJ.

A few weeks ago, in New Brunswick, NJ.

Somewhere over the Nevada desert, en route to Salt Lake City, last Wednesday.

Somewhere over the Nevada desert, en route to Salt Lake City, last Wednesday.

Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)

Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)

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