Hot Topics: Organ Transplant & Donation

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January 9, 2012

Get Fit, For Your Corpse's Sake

Art Caplan reminds us in his column on MSNBC.com that its good to be skinny, whether dead or alive. The negative health consequences of obesity experienced during life linger on well into death, especially for those who want to donate their bodies to science.…

October 19, 2011

Arthur Caplan Says "No" To Prisoner Organs

In the October 2011 issue of AJOB, Arthur Caplan argues in his Target Article “The Use of Prisoners as Sources of Organs-An Ethically Dubious Practice” that the great demand for cadaveric organs for donation around the world does not justify harvesting them from prisoners.…

April 12, 2011

"Just Say No!" To Organs from Suicide Victims?

According to Wesley Smith on his SHS blog, “Suicidal people need help in living, not reasons to die.” Profound statement indeed.…

August 3, 2010

A Monty Python Approach to Organ Procurement Butts Heads with CSI.

Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead! We’d like to harvest their organs now!

Most Monty Python fans associate organ harvesting with The Meaning of Life’s Live Organ Transplantation, but New York City’s “rapid organ recovery plan” has much more in common with this other famous Holy Grail skit than it does with anything else.…

July 29, 2010

Need An Organ? Find Your Donor Via Facebook!

Apparently Facebook isn’t just for playing MafiaWars anymore. It’s also for finding living unrelated donors to give you their organs. Seriously.…

July 27, 2010

Should a Confessed Killer Get a Second Chance from a Donor Liver?

Arthur Caplan in his MSNBC column discusses over a confessed killer receiving a liver transplant. How could someone who himself admitted killing his wife jump to the head of the queue to receive one of the scarcest resources in the world?…

June 24, 2010

NY State to Presume Consent For Organs?

NY State will presume consent for organ donation, that is, if Assemblyman Richard Brodsky gets his way. Acknowledging that the demand for transplantable organs vastly outstrips supply and the fact that presumed consent works in other European nations, Brodsky has proposed that the default would be that all New Yorkers would donate their organs upon their death unless they were to check a box “opting out” on their driver’s license registration form.…

April 19, 2010

Could There EVER Be An Okay Way to Pay for Body Parts?

The Nuffield Council is really scratching its head on that one–is money the only way to get people to give up parts of their bodies?…