Organ and Tissue Transplantation: Ethical and Practical Issues

S. Cordner, H. McKelvie

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There is a large gap between the number of patients needing organs and tissues and their availability. Thus, the main ethical and practical issues in organ and tissue transplantation have been around procurement, and how to increase the supply of organs and tissues. This chapter concentrates on the issues relevant to transplantation of organs and tissues from the systolic or asystolic cadaver into another human being. Xenotransplantation, living donors, and fetal or embryonic donors/sources of tissue invoke quite distinct considerations, as do blood banking, stem cells, tissue engineering, and other uses of organs and tissues such as research, education, diagnosis, or commerce.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine
EditorsJason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128000557
ISBN (Print)9780128000342
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Brain death
  • Commercialization
  • Ethics
  • Organ and tissue transplantation
  • Presumed consent
  • Supply of organs and tissues
  • Trafficking

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