Research Article| Volume 2, ISSUE 1, P133-148, January 1986

The Gift of Life

Ethical Problems and Policies in Obtaining and Distributing Organs for Transplantation
  • James F. Childress
    Corresponding author: Department of Religious Studies, Cocke Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
    Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies; and Professor of Medical Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
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      The supply of organs and tissues is inadequate to meet the need and demand for transplantation. The article argues for an effective and efficient system for obtaining cadaveric organs that can reduce and perhaps even eliminate scarcity, without violating the principles of justice and respect for persons. The article also examines policies and problems regarding living donors, and analyzes some issues in macroallocation and microallocation.
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