January 22, 2016
We are pleased to have Paul McLean joining us to discuss his book Blood Lines: Fatherhood, faith and love in the time of stem cells.
Paul McLean was living a dream, tracing his Scottish roots with his family, when a mysterious, life-threatening blood disorder attacked his daughter. A disease he had never heard of, incurable only decades before, would demand the sacrifice of a father’s safe assumptions and the new blood line of a stranger.
In the author’s lifetime, medical science has transformed the nature of hope and possibility, putting in the hands of doctors and nurses the tools of the miraculous. McLean would come to know this intimately and searingly. And discover that within the unyielding and harsh truth of mortality exists astonishment and wonder.
Paul McLean, a former newspaper journalist in Los Angeles and Boston, is social media coordinator for the Harvard Community Ethics Committee (CEC). He blogs at medicalethicsandme.org and @medethicsandme on Twitter.
He also is a former fellow in the Center for Bioethics program, a current community member of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Research Subject Advocacy Board of Harvard Catalyst, and a social media contributor to The Hastings Center (thehastingscenter.org, @hastingscenter).