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Books, Journals, New Media
November 9, 2005

Organ Market

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(18):2366. doi:10.1001/jama.294.18.2366-a

Our society is in the midst of a vigorous debate about the sale of organs. Kidney for Sale by Owner is one of the few commentaries that addresses this issue from a largely philosophical perspective. The author, Mark J. Cherry, comes out clearly in favor of allowing organ sales, but only after presenting and refuting the various arguments against doing so. These objections include concerns that the poor will necessarily be coerced by their economic disadvantage; that a market in organs is intrinsically repugnant because it violates human dignity; that an organ market would not only exploit economic disparities but would increase them as well; and that such a market would lead to worse health care outcomes.