Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (2):1-26 (2010)
AbstractThe dead donor rule justifies current practice in organ procurement for transplantation and states that organ donors must be dead prior to donation. The majority of organ donors are diagnosed as having suffered brain death and hence are declared dead by neurological criteria. However, a significant amount of unrest in both the philosophical and the medical literature has surfaced since this practice began forty years ago. I argue that, first, declaring death by neurological criteria is both unreliable and unjustified but further, the ethical principles which themselves justify the dead donor rule are better served by abandoning that rule and instead allowing individuals who have suffered severe and irreversible brain damage to become organ donors, even though they are not yet dead and even though the removal of their organs would be the proximal cause of death
Similar books and articles
A Proposal For Revision Of The Organ Transplantation Law Based On A Child Donor’s Prior Declaration.Masahiro Morioka & Tateo Sugimoto - 2001 - Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 11 (4):108-109.
Reconsidering the Dead Donor Rule: Is It Important That Organ Donors Be Dead?Norman Fost - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):249-260.
The Dead Donor Rule: Can It Withstand Critical Scrutiny?F. G. Miller, R. D. Truog & D. W. Brock - 2010 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (3):299-312.
Death and Organ Procurement: Public Beliefs and Attitudes.Laura A. Siminoff, Christopher Burant & Stuart J. Youngner - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):217-234.
The Dead Donor Rule: How Much Does the Public Care ... And How Much Should.Megan Crowley-Matoka & Robert M. Arnold - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):319-332.
Death Revisited: Rethinking Death and the Dead Donor Rule.A. S. Iltis & M. J. Cherry - 2010 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (3):223-241.
Abandon the Dead Donor Rule or Change the Definition of Death?Robert M. Veatch - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):261-276.
The Dead Donor Rule and the Concept of Death: Severing the Ties That Bind Them.Elysa R. Koppelman - 2003 - American Journal of Bioethics 3 (1):1 – 9.
The Dead Donor Rule, Voluntary Active Euthanasia, and Capital Punishment.Christian Coons & Noah Levin - 2011 - Bioethics 25 (5):236-243.
Donation After Circulatory Death: Burying the Dead Donor Rule.David Rodríguez-Arias, Maxwell J. Smith & Neil M. Lazar - 2011 - American Journal of Bioethics 11 (8):36-43.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
How (Not) to Think of the ‘Dead-Donor’ Rule.Adam Omelianchuk - 2018 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 39 (1):1-25.
Statement in Support of Revising the Uniform Determination of Death Act and in Opposition to a Proposed Revision.D. Alan Shewmon - forthcoming - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
Death, Brain Death, and the Limits of Science: Why the Whole-Brain Concept of Death Is a Flawed Public Policy.Mike Nair-Collins - 2010 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38 (3):667-683.
The Ethical Obligation of the Dead Donor Rule.Anne L. Dalle Ave, Daniel P. Sulmasy & James L. Bernat - 2020 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (1):43-50.
Brain Death: What We Are and When We Die.Lukas J. Meier - 2020 - Dissertation, University of St. Andrews
References found in this work
On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness.Ned Block - 1995 - Brain and Behavioral Sciences 18 (2):227-–247.
A Theory of Consciousness.David M. Rosenthal - 1997 - In Ned Block, Owen J. Flanagan & Guven Guzeldere (eds.), The Nature of Consciousness. MIT Press.
The Brain and Somatic Integration: Insights Into the Standard Biological Rationale for Equating Brain Death with Death.D. Alan Shewmon - 2001 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (5):457 – 478.
A Defense of the Whole‐Brain Concept of Death.James L. Bernat - 1998 - Hastings Center Report 28 (2):14-23.