Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

by Michele Goodwin


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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 brokers for organs. Offering a contemporary view of organ and tissue supply and demand, Michele Goodwin explores the legal, racial and social nuances of current altruistic institutionalized procurement schemes. It is understandably not publicized that Chinese inmates sitting on death row and the economically disadvantaged in India and Brazil are the most often compromised co-participants in the negotiation process and supply kidney and other organs for Americans as well as other Westerners willing to shop and pay in the shadow of the law. Goodwin suggests that the best alternative model for organ procurement is a market approach or one based on presumed consent and provides an alternative way of studying how to increase the supply of organs and other body parts as well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107642751
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/30/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michele Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Prior to teaching law, Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, Connecticut. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Law and Social Inquiry and the Harvard/Stanford/Duke Journal of Law and the Biosciences. She is the author or editor of four books and more than sixty articles and book chapters. Her editorials and commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Forbes, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, and the Washington Post. She is a columnist for “The Conversation” at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I: 2. Institutional supply and demand; 3. Nuances, judicial authority, and legal limits of altruism; 4. Equal opportunity rationing: racial and economic disparities; Part II. Legal Frameworks and Alternatives: 5. The legal process of procurement and allocation: regulatory frame; 6. Presumed consent; 7. Commodification; Part III: 8. Tissue sales: an African American predicament?: critiquing the slavery and black body market comparison; 9. The private and public financial transaction in tissue transplantation; 10. African Americans and organ sales; 11. Conclusion.

What People are Saying About This

"Goodwin thorough analysis and proposal offer a great contribution to a pressing public health issue that can no longer be ignored."

"Black Markets is impeccably researched and persuasively argued...Goodwin's book provides provocative and insightful material with which to continue the conversation about transplant policy."
-Barbara A. Noah, Western New England College School of Law, The Law and Politics Book Review

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