About this book
This book analyzes the reasons for organ shortage and ventures innovative ideas for approaching this problem. It presents 29 contributions from a highly interdisciplinary group of world experts and upcoming professionals in the field. Every year thousands of patients die while waiting for organ transplantation. Health authorities, medical professionals and bioethicists worldwide point to the urgent and yet unsolved problem of organ shortage, which will be even intensified due to the increasing life expectancy. Even though the practical problem seems to be well known, the search for suitable solutions continues and often restricts itself by being limited through disciplinary and national borders. Combining philosophical reflection with empirical results, this volume enables a unique insight in the ethics of organ transplantation and offers fresh ideas for policymakers, health care professionals, academics, and the general public.
Allocation of scarce organs Donor Shortages Organ Transplantation Philosophical reflections on distributive justice Xenotransplantation ethical aspects of controlled donation ethics of controlled donation ethics of organ donation organ shortages postmortal organ donation theological-ethical dimension of organ transplantation