Ethical Aspects of Face Transplantation



To date, ten face transplants have been performed around the world with two deaths neither of which was directly caused by the transplant. So, while this procedure is still innovative, it is clearly technically feasible, though it is fraught not only with risk, but ethical concerns. In the end, whether face transplantation will become a regular reconstructive surgical alternative for severe facial deformity will depend not only on scientific and technical issues, but the degree to which the clinical ethical problems are identified and addressed. In this chapter, I will focus on the concrete ways that these issues need to be addressed in developing and implementing face transplantation protocols.


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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Social Philosophy and Policy CenterBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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