The Organ and Tissue Trade

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803982
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226804002 | DOI:
The Organ and Tissue Trade

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This chapter discusses the conflict between forensic investigation and organ and tissue transplantation organization in relation to postmortem manipulation. At stake in conflicts with organ and tissue procurement organizations is the issue of who contributes most to the public good. Medical examiners have tradition and the law on their side, but organ procurers have more resources, political power, and vocal public support. This chapter suggests that in cases of conflict medical examiners can simply rely on their legal mandate to conduct a full postmortem when the argument of their altruism is unconvincing.

Keywords: forensic investigation; organ transplantation; tissue transplantation; public good; public support; postmortem manipulation; medical examiners

Chapter.  10738 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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