Best interests and potential organ donors

Coggon, John; Brazier, Margaret; Murphy, Paul; Price, David; Quigley, Muireann
June 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/14/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7657, p1346
Academic Journal
The article presents an overview of the moral and ethical issues which are associated with non-heart beating organ donation in Great Britain. A discussion of laws which control organ donation and surgery which is required to remove an organ from a cadaver in Great Britain is presented. Confusion among physicians and organ donors concerning laws related to organ donation and retrieval in Great Britain is discussed. An examination of difficulties which are seen in determining what the best interests of terminally ill patients who have agreed to become organ donors are is offered.


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