Abstract

The Pittsburgh protocol is ethically and legally acceptable as written, but more research is needed to determine if it can be implemented in ways that will observe the procedures that make it ethically acceptable. If so, its desirability as public policy will depend on the number of organs it is likely to generate and its effects on public attitudes toward organ donation generally. In the final analysis, the controversial aspects of this protocol concern symbolic issues about respect for the dead and near dead, rather than substantive concerns that real patient interests will be harmed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3249
Print ISSN
1054-6863
Pages
pp. 241-250
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-01
Open Access
No
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