Live Kidney Donations and the Ethic of Care

Journal of Medical Humanities 29 (3):173-188 (2008)

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Francis Kane
Salisbury State University
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In this paper, we seek to re-conceptualize the ethical framework through which ethicists and medical professionals view the practice of live kidney donations. The ethics of organ donation has been understood primarily within the framework of individual rights and impartiality, but we show that the ethic of care captures the moral situation of live kidney donations in a more coherent and comprehensive way, and offers guidance for practitioners that is more attentive to the actual moral transactions among donors and recipients. A final section offers guidelines for the practice of live kidney transplants that emerge from an ethic of care
Keywords Live kidney donations  Ethic of care  Transplant guidelines
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-008-9059-z
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