Once Again on Cardiac Transplantation: Flaws in the Logic of the Proponents
Japanese Heart Journal. 1997 Sep; 38(5): 617-624.
In response to a paper written by Drs. Toshima and Kawai trying to refute my earlier article on the movement for cardiac transplantation in Japan, I present the results of my survey of the opinions of medical students and student nurses to prove that polls showing a majority of people supporting organ transplantation from so-called brain-dead persons, to which transplant protagonists rely heavily, merely reflect the failure of the mass media to distribute information on the negative aspects of organ transplantation to the public. Several major flaws in the logic of the proponents are pointed out to show how fragile their theoretical background is. Thus, the need for the distribution of better-balanced information to the public and continued debate on this most serious medical, ethical, social and cultural issue is emphasized.
Attitudes; Body Parts and Fluids; Brain; Brain Death; Coercion; Commodification; Death; Determination of Death; Diagnosis; Family Members; Hearts; Mass Media; Medical Schools; Medical Students; Nurses; Organ Donation; Organ Transplantation; Personhood; Schools; Students; Survey; Tissue Donation; Transplantation;
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