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The use of prisoners as sources of organs-an ethically dubious practice.
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PMID:  21943258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The movement to try to close the ever-widening gap between demand and supply of organs has recently arrived at the prison gate. While there is enthusiasm for using executed prisoners as sources of organs, there are both practical barriers and moral concerns that make it unlikely that proposals to use prisoners will or should gain traction. Prisoners are generally not healthy enough to be a safe source of organs, execution makes the procurement of viable organs difficult, and organ donation post-execution ties the medical profession too closely to the act of execution.
Arthur Caplan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of bioethics : AJOB     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1536-0075     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Bioeth     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100898738     Medline TA:  Am J Bioeth     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-5     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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