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.