"Now, I Am a Proper Human Being": Kidney Transplantation in Cyprus

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By exploring kidney transplantation as a social process, I describe the variety of lived experience of transplantation and explain how the sociocultural and medical context among Greek-Cypriots on the island of Cyprus works as a template of reference and understanding for this surgery. Patiensts understand kidney transplantation as a means for the return to normality, as the mechanism to become "proper human beings" (σωστóς άνθρωπoς), able to fulfill social obligations and achieve important cultural goals. Such perceptions reflect medical discourses on the island, which present kidney transplantation as the mechanism to enable a return to normal social life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Cyprus
  • illness experience
  • kidney transplantation
  • medical discourse

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