Cultural diversity and patients with reduced capacity: The use of ethics consultation to advocate for mentally handicapped persons in living organ donation
Graduate studies at Western
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 22 (6):519-526 (2001)
|Abstract||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.|
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