The Community Blood Supply and Patients Choice
Reiss, Robert F.
Hastings Center Report. 1987 Apr; 17(2): 5-10.
Is the concept of a community blood supply, in which strangers give and receive blood, still viable? Even though the risk of contracting AIDS from transfusions is relatively small, the consequences for an affected individual are catastrophic. Part of the debate rests on empirical grounds: Is blood from strangers more likely to be contaminated than blood from one's family and friends? But there is another aspect: On grounds of autonomy, should we not allow individuals to choose their own blood donors? But if we allow individual choice, are the bonds of community thereby weakened, and the interests of those without such donors threatened? The following three articles address this question from different perspectives: Klaus Mayer argues for a continuation of the present system; Dennis Goldfinger defends the practice of directed donations, and Robert F. Reiss and Johanna Pindyck offer an ethical compromise.
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