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Religious altruism and organ donation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11015626     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinicians performing psychiatric assessments of potential organ donors must consider the motivations behind an act that is--strictly in terms of its physiological implications--entirely altruistic. The authors present two case reports in which proposed kidney donors conceptualized their offers exclusively in terms of their religious beliefs and not in terms of kinship or emotional intimacy with the intended recipients. The negative reactions of some clinicians to the offers reveal the readiness with which religious beliefs can be pathologized and the way in which biological relationships can unduly restrict the clinical understanding of healthy altruism.
D J Dixon; S E Abbey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatics     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0033-3182     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosomatics     Publication Date:    2000 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-15     Completed Date:  2000-11-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376506     Medline TA:  Psychosomatics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-11     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Personality Assessment
Religion and Psychology*
Tissue Donors / psychology*

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