The Artificial Heart: Questions to Ask, and Not to Ask
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Oct; 14(5): 15-17.
Recent developments in the artificial health program, such as the transplantation of the Jarvik device into Dr. Barney Clark, have prompted a re-evaluation of this technology. Gorovitz discusses the artificial heart in the contexts of patient autonomy and resource allocation. He sees the heart as an example of new medical capabilities that could increase the divergence between the values of physician and patient, and tension between individual interests and the social good. He raises several points to be considered in the debate about the costs and benefits of the heart program, and cautions against prematurely establishing criteria by which to ration artificial hearts. (KIE abstract)
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