How to be a Virtuous Recipient of a Transplant Organ

  • Barbro FrödingEmail author
  • Martin Peterson
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 59)


This chapter investigates to what extent recipients of transplant organs ought to be held morally accountable for lifestyle choices that jeopardize the function of their new organ and, further, if recipients of transplant organs should in some cases be punished for not taking proper care of their bodies. Consider, for instance, a patient suffering from a life-threatening cardiovascular condition. The patient needs a new heart in order to survive. By prioritizing one patient in what is effectively a zero-sum game, the needs of others will be forgone. It therefore seems that it would be reasonable for the healthcare provider to have some say with regards to the lifestyle of the patient who receives transplanted biological material of which there is limited supply. How much of a say they get is, however, highly controversial.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of PhilosophyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Lincoln College OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyTexas A&M UniversityTexasUSA

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