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It's only love? Some pitfalls in emotionally related organ donation
  1. Nikola Biller-Andorno,
  2. Henning Schauenburg
  1. University of Goettingen, Germany


    Transplanting organs from emotionally related donors has become a fairly routine procedure in many countries. However, donors have to be chosen carefully in order to avoid not just medically, but also morally, questionable outcomes. This paper draws attention to vulnerabilities that may affect the voluntariness of the donor's decision. Suggestions are made as to how to approach the evaluation and selection of potential donors.

    • Living organ donation
    • emotionally related donors
    • vulnerable persons
    • clinical ethics

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    • Nikola Biller-Andorno, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Centre of Psychosocial Medicine, University of Goettingen, Germany. Henning Schauenburg, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, the University of Goettingen, Germany.