Bioethics in Brief is a newsletter of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, committed to promoting clinical health care and health policy which is patient-centered, compassionate, and just. Opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and do not represent the position of the Center.
Surfing for Organs
In this issue we look at the subject of organ transplants. The efficacy and ethics of transplantation are largely accepted; recently, however, controversy has arisen over patients and their families who wish to take the matter of organ procurement into their own hands. In a November 22, 2005 essay in the New York Times, “An Internet Lifeline, in Search of a Kidney,” Sally Satel MD eloquently describes how she listed her name with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the traditional path to becoming a recipient of a cadaver donor, while simultaneously trying to find a live donor through the Internet before dialysis became necessary.
Also: Culture and transplantation, View from a patient.