The Phoenix Heart: What We Have to Lose
Annas, George J.
Hastings Center Report. 1985 Jun; 15(3): 15-16.
Annas examines various justifications offered for the experimental and federally unapproved use of an artificial heart to sustain temporarily the life of Thomas Creighton at the University of Arizona Medical Center in March 1985. He finds fault with each of the justifications--that there was nothing to lose in trying the experiment, that physicians may do anything they believe is appropriate in a medical emergency, and that government regulation by the Food and Drug Administration is unworkable in the case of medical devices--and maintains that thoughtful planning is now needed to prevent another round of indiscriminate experimentation with temporary artificial hearts, whether planned or unplanned. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Organs; Consent; Emergency Care; Federal Government; Food; Government; Government Regulation; Hearts; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Life; Mass Media; Medical Devices; Organ Transplantation; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Regulation; Risks and Benefits; Terminally Ill; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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