New Age beliefs are a mixture of Eastern mysticism and functionalism.
Omni Magazine, is regarded as the the Flagship magazine for the New Age Movement.
This Omni article, published in 1987, begins with a scene in a hospital as doctors and nurses prepare to "operate" on a virile young man, for the express purpose of removing every single usable organ and then taking this man off the respirators.
"A week earlier, an aneurysm had ruptured in .R.H.'s brain, virtually ripping apart his cerebrum. Following clinical tests and an EEG, physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York, declared him brain dead ... he was, or would have been forty-two."
"On his back, eyes shut, breathing rhythmically, R.H. -- six three, 170 pounds -- is a handsome man. Yet, even as one admires the strong lines of his body, surgeons with scalpels incise the skin and muscle of his chest and abdomen with long, sure strokes. Using a small electric saw, they cleave the sternum as easily as if it were made of balsa. There is surprisingly little blood, but there's a certain amount of disarray in the operating room (O.R.) when as many as eight doctors have their hands and arms inside the cadaver working quickly to disconnect the organs from their many vessels."
"Rib cage and thoracic cavity are splayed open and viscera held back with metal retractors known as iron interns. The organs reveal a marvelous power, as when someone lifts the hood of a fine car and sees the frictionless workings of a precision tuned engine."
"This engine is awesome -- glistening, organic, wet. Aesthetically, the liver is most pleasing, resembling some lustrous sea creature, smooth and supple with sharply defined edges. But a surgical error contaminates it. As a result, the liver loses its silkiness and definition, turning from coral pink to meat-market purple. The surgeons push the organ aside, and struggling with their disappointment, proceed." [Editor's note: This disappointment refers to the loss of what they would have been paid for a viable liver.]
"After another hour, the kidneys ... are lifted out with ureters still attached. R.H.'s heart suddenly begins an agitated dance, speeding from 100 to 200 beats a minute. The surgeons, alarmed, quiet it with a jolt of electricity from defibrillating paddies. Two hours later, it, too, is removed and slipped into a stainless steel bowl full of saline solution."
"As soon as each organ comes out, it is carefully packed into an Igloo Playmate full of dry ice and rushed to a waiting helicopter for delivery to a distant transplant team. Finally, after the major organs are removed, a blond-haired surgeon from New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center ... tells the anesthetist to disconnect the I.V.'s and turn of the respirator."
"Last Rights," Omni Magazine, by Kathleen Stein, Volume. 9, No. 12, Sept., 1987, p. 58-67+.
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