Cultural diversity and patients with reduced capacity: The use of ethics consultation to advocate for mentally handicapped persons in living organ donation
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 22 (6):519-526 (2001)
Living organ donation will soon become the source of the majority of organs donations for transplant. Should mentally handicapped people be allowed to donate, or should they be considered a vulnerable group in need of protection? I discuss three cases of possible living organ donors who are developmentally disabled, from three different cultures, the United States, Germany, and India. I offer a brief discussion of three issues raised by the cases: (1) cultural diversity and cultural relativism; (2) autonomy, rationality, and self-interest; and (3) the proper use and role for clinical ethics consults.
|Keywords||altruism autonomy cultural diversity cultural relativism and ethics consultation developmental disability living organ donors love mentally handicapped rationality self-interest transplant ethics|
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