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From The CriticsReviewer:Gene Edward Ridolfi, RN, BA(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description:This book is designed to provoke thought and challenge one's historical views of defining death, procuring organs, and the allocation of organs for transplantation. The initial review of the major religious and cultural views on transplantation is unique, allowing readers to reset their historical, cultural stances on death and organ procurement.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a broad and systematic overview of transplantation ethics. This is a worthy goal, as there is always value in the evaluation and reconsideration of defining brain death and organ procurement and in a fair allocation model.
Audience:This book will be of most value to transplant professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, professionals in organ procurement organizations, clergy, bioethics students, hospital ethics program professionals, and public policy professionals.
Features:It begins with an overview of the major religious and cultural positions on organ donation, transplantation, and allocation. The following chapters set out to establish the multiple possibilities of defining death, at what time it is ethical to procure organs, and the design of the fairest model of allocation. The content is organized appropriately — defining brain death before transitioning to organ procurement and allocation.
Assessment:The book was of great value in helping educate me on my religious and cultural positions, dispelling some myths. It also served value in providing history and case specifics in the development ofbrain death definitions. I prefer to draw my own conclusions concerning issues, but the author offering his own solutions is acceptable.