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Direct organ solicitation deserves reconsideration
  1. J P Lott
  1. Gamble Scholar, University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, 404 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA;

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    The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the national organisation responsible for transplantable organ distribution in the United States, recently condemned the direct solicitation of organs in situations “where no personal bond exists between the patient and the donor or donor family”.1 UNOS worries that “such appeals, although well-intentioned, compromise the principle of fairness” or worse, “may divert organs from patients with critical need to those who are less ill.”1

    Despite UNOS objections, it is difficult …

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