Discrimination in Organ Donation

  • Eli A. Friedman
Part of the Legal and Ethical Concerns in Medicine book series (LECM, volume 1)


The wife, brothers, and parents of a 22 year old black nuclear engineer who was fatally shot in the head refuse to consent to the use of his organs for transplantation. Despite recounting of statistics that the proportion of black patients receiving uremia therapy in the United States exceeds the number of blacks in the general population, the family is united and resolute against giving consent for organ donation. One of the brothers who is a statistician for an insurance company points out that blacks receive less than their share of donated kidneys as is evident from the percent of blacks versus whites on dialysis being higher than the percent of blacks versus whites receiving a kidney transplant. A community leader stated that there was justice in the brother’s feeling and action.


Organ Donation Minority Community Organ Allocation Black Candidate Cadaver Organ 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli A. Friedman
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  1. 1.Health Science Center at BrooklynState University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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