Legal Aspects of Organ Transfer

  • H. Richard Beresford


Once it is assumed that society generally favors organ transplantation as a treatment for impaired, sick, or dying persons, it is appropriate to ask whether applicable laws help or hinder the process. The following discussion considers several questions: What are the existing legal constraints on organ transfers? What changes in law can or should be made to augment organ transfers? What role should law play in achieving just allocation of organs? No attempt will be made to catalogue laws of various states or to replay debates about “brain death.” Suffice it to say here, all participants in organ transplantation should be knowledgeable about local legal standards concerning consent to organ transfer and “brain death.” For more detailed information, the reviews of Schwartz (1984) and Stuart et al (1981) are recommended.


Organ Donation Brain Death Legal Aspect Transplant Program Presume Consent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Richard Beresford
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyNorth Shore University HospitalManhassetUSA
  2. 2.Cornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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