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Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs

T. M. Wilkinson


Transplantation is a medically successful and cost‐effective way to treat people whose organs have failed—but not enough organs are available to meet demand. This book is concerned with the major ethical problems raised by policies for acquiring organs. The major topics are the rights of the dead, the role of the family, opt in and opt out systems, the conscription of organs, living organ donation from adults and children, directed donation and priority for donors, and the sale of organs. The book uses concepts from moral and political theory such as autonomy, rights, posthumous interests, jus ... More

Keywords: transplantation, ethics, rights, opt in, opt out, family veto, conscription, living donation, directed donation, sale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199607860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. M. Wilkinson, author
University of Auckland