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Book and Media Reviews
October 10, 2012

The Ethics of Organ Transplantation

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliation: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City (armand.antommaria@hsc.utah.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(14):1482-1483. doi:10.1001/jama.308.14.1482

The current paradigm of deceased organ donation is under significant pressure. Critics argue that individuals declared dead under current brain death and donation after circulatory death (DCD) protocols are still alive. This has led some to call for abandoning the dead donor rule to maintain, or even increase, the number of donors. Others have advocated for a regulated market for organs to increase organ supply. The contributors to The Ethics of Organ Transplantation argue that these proposed changes would be a further slide down a slippery slope and provide a defense of the status quo from a Roman Catholic perspective. The book will be of most interest to specialists in organ transplantation and readers interested in Roman Catholic theology.

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