Aaron Spital, MD
To the Editors: Despite great efforts based on voluntarism and altruism, a severe shortage of organs plagues transplantation today (1). The waiting list of potential recipients continues to grow steadily, and some will die before a suitable organ can be found (2). Many of these deaths are preventable; we are recruiting only a small fraction of eligible donors (3).
Several alternative systems of organ procurement have been proposed, including presumed consent, mandated choice, conscription by the state, state-supplied financial incentives, organ sales, and giving higher priority to potential recipients who have previously expressed a willingness to donate. The risks and
Spital A. Testing Remedies for the Shortage of Organs. Ann Intern Med. ;116:428–429. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-5-428_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(5):428-429.
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