Organ and Tissue Transplantation in Greece: The Law and an Insight Into the Social Context
Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 2004; 23(1): 111-125
Advances in biological sciences and medicine have revolutionized current practice and opened new horizons. Tissue and organ transplantation is a miracle and an action of love and sacrifice for the sake of fellow human beings. Organ transplantation has been commonplace over the last decade but Greece still remains the lowest numerically among European countries in this field because of the lack of organ donation although it is highest in traffic accidents. Despite this, the legal framework regulating transplantation was enacted late in comparison to other European countries, and was not the only obstacle to the development of organ donation. Several other factors such as philosophy, culture, traditional and religious attitudes, lack of public information and lack of the relevant social fabric, have all contributed to the current sad situation. This article aims to present a critical view on the evolution of the legal framework in the field of tissue and organ transplantation in Greece. Issues that still deter organ donation are discussed along with an insight into the current situation in the Greek social context in order to make a constructive contribution to future perspectives.
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