T. M. Wilkinson

in Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607860
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731747 | DOI:

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics


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Transplantation is a medically successful and cost‐effective way to treat organ failure. However, transplantation has a public policy problem, which is a shortage of organs, and an ethical problem, which is that the organs are taken from people's bodies, over which they have rights. This chapter describes the shortage of organs and the main factors that affect supply and demand, such as death rates, logistics, and the ethical‐legal rules that govern organ retrieval. It sets out the main ethical problems raised by acquiring organs and explains how the book will tackle those problems.

Keywords: shortage; organ supply; organ demand; cost‐effectiveness; ethics; body rights

Chapter.  5716 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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