The Unpaid Donation of Blood and Altruism: A Comment on Keown
McLachlan, Hugh V.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1998 Aug; 24(4): 252-254.
In line with article 3.4 of EC directive 89/381, Keown has presented an ethical case in support of the policy of voluntary, unpaid donation of blood. Although no doubt is cast on the desirability of the policy, that part of Keown's argument which pertains to the suggested laudability of altruism and of its encouragment by social policy is examined and shown to be dubious.
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McLachlan, Hugh V. (1999-12)This is a continuation of and a development of a debate between John Keown and me. The issue discussed is whether, in Britain, an unpaid system of blood donation promotes and is justified by its promotion of altruism. ...