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October 1972

Moral and Ethical Implications of Human Organ Transplants.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):649. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040173016

Morals and ethics of transplantation have received so much attention in the past few years that one wonders whether anything new can be said about them. One finds that very little can, or more properly, has. Yet this little volume has all the appurtenances of a more ambitious work—a foreword (by Dwight E. Harken, MD), preface, introduction, table of contents, reference notes at the end of each chapter, epilogue, bibliography, index, and even a few illustrations. The author is senior chaplain at the Baptist Hospital of Miami, Fla. Thus, it is no surprise that religiosity and biblical quotations stand out large.

There is some factual material. The book springs from a dissertation written as a requirement for a doctorate in theology. The research involved not only a review of the literature (mostly journals, magazines, and newspapers) but also the solicitation of opinions and attitudes from hospital administrators and chaplains, ministers,

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