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Book and Media Reviews
February 16, 2011

Human Tissue in Transplantation and Research: A Model Legal and Ethical Donation Framework

JAMA. 2011;305(7):718-721. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.149

David Price, the author of this comprehensive and readable book, is a professor of medical law with a long-standing interest in the legal and ethical aspects of organ and tissue transplantation. In his introduction to Human Tissue in Transplantation and Research that the book is “about policy” and is an attempt to “develop a model framework” to guide and “govern human organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research.” In a sense, the book builds on the author's previous work, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organ Transplantation (Cambridge University Press, 2000). With the increasing disparity between numbers of organs available for transplantation and patients who need them, this book offers to help the reader sort through many of the difficult ethical and legal issues that surround current policies and practices, such as living donation (related and unrelated), paired donation, directed donation, altruism, consent, commercialization of body parts, and tissue for research.

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