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Death, Dying, and Organ Transplantation: Reconstructing Medical Ethics at the End of Life

Franklin G. Miller and Robert D. Truog

Abstract

This book challenges fundamental doctrines of established medical ethics. It is argued that the routine practice of stopping life support technology causes the death of patients and that donors of vital organs (hearts, liver, lungs, and both kidneys) are not really dead at the time that their organs are removed for life-saving transplantation. Although these practices are ethically legitimate, they are not compatible with traditional medical ethics: they conflict with the norms that doctors must not intentionally cause the death of their patients and that vital organs can be obtained only from ... More

Keywords: causing death, determination of death, organ donation, medical ethics, end-of-life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739172.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franklin G. Miller, author
NIH Clinical Bioethics

Robert D. Truog, author
Harvard Medical School