Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

by Michele Goodwin
     
 

In America, in direct response to indefinite delays on the national transplantation waitlists and an inadequate supply of organs, a growing number of terminally ill Americans are turning to international underground markets and coordinators or brokers for organs. Chinese inmates on death-row and the economically disadvantaged in India and Brazil are the often

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In America, in direct response to indefinite delays on the national transplantation waitlists and an inadequate supply of organs, a growing number of terminally ill Americans are turning to international underground markets and coordinators or brokers for organs. Chinese inmates on death-row and the economically disadvantaged in India and Brazil are the often compromised co-participants in the private negotiation process, which occurs outside the legal process - or in the shadows of law. These individuals supply kidneys and other organs for Americans and other Westerners willing to shop and pay in the private process. This book contends that exclusive reliance on the present altruistic tissue and organ procurement processes in the United States is not only rife with problems, but also improvident. The author explores how the altruistic approach leads to a 'black market' of organs being harvested from Third World individuals as well as compelled donations from children and incompetent persons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852807
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Institutional supply, demand, and legitimacy27
3Nuances, judicial authority, and the legal limits of altruism57
4Getting the organ you want85
5The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act109
6Presumed consent : the unsuspecting donor117
7Commoditization : incentives for cadaveric organ harvesting149
8Black markets : the supply of body parts169
9Critiquing the slavery and black body market comparison193
10Conclusion207

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