Organ Transplant Initiatives: The Twilight Zone
Price, David P.T.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1997 Jun; 23(3): 170-175.
Assessments of the acceptability of new transplantation practices require a pinpointing of not only the meaning of death, but also the timing of death. They typically perceive elective ventilation as occurring just prior to death and non-heart-beating donor protocols as operative just after death. However, such practices in fact highlight the general vagueness and ambiguity surrounding these issues in both law and ethics. Supply-side dilemmas in transplantation lend real urgency to this "life or death" debate.
Brain; Brain Death; Brain Pathology; Cadavers; Cardiac Death; Coma; Death; Determination of Death; Ethics; International Aspects; Law; Legal Aspects; Life; Organizations; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Prolongation of Life; Standards; Terminally Ill; Terminology; Time Factors; Tissue Donation; Transplantation; Trust; Ventilators;