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Moral Problems in the Use of Borrowed Organs, Artificial and Transplanted

J. R. E.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):309-313. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-309
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Cannibalizing was the term applied to a practice that unhappy circumstances spawned in some of the more remote areas of action in World War II. This process consisted of combining parts of a number of damaged vehicles to make one whole vehicle that would function. Such a practice in medicine has not quite arrived but we are moving in that direction. Every day the press, lay and professional, brings us news of the borrowed use of some organ, natural or artificial, to shore up some damaged human "vehicle" and put him on the road again. The analogy may be a

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