Ethical and Moral Problems in the Use of Artificial and Transplanted Organs

  • J. Russell Elkinton


One of the dramatic achievements of medicine during the past two decades has been the development of the use of artificial and transplanted organs. This development has required the surmounting of many difficult technical problems in the fields of medicine, surgery, immunology, and biomedical engineering. The difficult problems, however, have not been limited to these fields; as these techniques have been developed and applied, it has become apparent that the procedures pose grave issues of a moral and ethical nature. What these issues are, how they have been met to date, and what they may be in the future, are the subjects of this chapter.


Chronic Renal Failure Brain Death Ethical Problem Medical Team Moral Problem 
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