Perish and Publish: Non-Heart-Beating Organ Donation and Unduly Iterative Ethical Review
Fox, Renee C.
Christakis, Nicholas A.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1995 Dec; 5(4): 335-342.
In the expanding repertoire of practices designed to increase the supply of organs for transplantation, non-heart-beating cadaver organ donation has generated an ongoing debate in the literature. The continuing stream of articles is disquieting in part because it documents a troubling "trial-and-error ethics" approach to the formulation of organ procurement policy, and because it raises serious questions about the reasons that the development of this policy is being mediated by published communication. In the light of concerns about the implicit support and credibility that professional publications give to organ procurement policies, restraint in publishing articles about non-heart-beating organ donation as well as in devising such policies is strongly advocated.
Cadavers; Cardiac Death; Communication; Cadaver Organ Donation; Consent; Death; Dehumanization; Determination of Death; Drugs; Editorial Policies; Emergency Care; Ethical Review; Ethics; Family Members; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Kidneys; Life; Literature; Misconduct; Morality; Organ Donation; Organizational Policies; Organ Procurement; Pain; Patients; Presumed Consent; Prolongation of Life; Publishing; Review; Standards; Terminal Care; Tissue Banks; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Withholding Treatment;
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