We Should Legalize the Market for Human Organs

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Human organ markets

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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  • Lloyd R. Cohen

    For

    Lloyd R. Cohen

    Professor of Law at George Mason University

  • Amy L. Friedman

    For

    Amy L. Friedman

    M.D., Director of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Sally Satel

    For

    Sally Satel

    M.D., Resident Scholar at AEI and a Psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington, D.C.

  • James F. Childress

    Against

    James F. Childress

    Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia

  • Francis L. Delmonico

    Against

    Francis L. Delmonico

    M.D., Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of Medical Affairs of The Transplantation Society (TTS)

  • David Rothman

    Against

    David Rothman

    Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and Director of the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia

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Lloyd R. Cohen

For The Motion

Lloyd R. Cohen

Professor of Law at George Mason University

Lloyd has published scholarship on a variety of applications of economics to law, including a market in transplant organs, marriage and divorce, wrongful death, tender offers, and free riders and holdouts. Before joining the faculty of George Mason in 1993, he taught law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and was a John M. Olin Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. Cohen has served as a special counsel to the U.S. International Trade Commission and as a law clerk to Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before attending law school, he was an economics professor.

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Amy L. Friedman

For The Motion

Amy L. Friedman

M.D., Director of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Friedman was trained at Princeton, SUNY Downstate, and the University of Pennsylvania, she previously served on the faculties of Penn and Yale University. On numerous society boards, she is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and is secretary of the American Association of Kidney Patients. Her immediate family includes two transplant recipients and one live donor.

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Sally Satel

For The Motion

Sally Satel

M.D., Resident Scholar at AEI and a Psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington, D.C.

Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993. She has written widely in academic journals on topics in psychiatry and is the author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (2001), and is co-author of One Nation under Therapy (2005). Now, she is editing a book on donor compensation (AEI Press), an interest dating to 2006 when she received a kidney from a friend.

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James F. Childress

Against The Motion

James F. Childress

Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia

Childress directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He is the author of numerous articles and several books in bioethics, including, with Tom L. Beauchamp, Principles of Biomedical Ethics (6th edition forthcoming in 2008). Childress was vice chair of the national Task Force on Organ Transplantation and has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). He chaired the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the report, "Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action" (2006).

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Francis L. Delmonico

Against The Motion

Francis L. Delmonico

M.D., Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of Medical Affairs of The Transplantation Society (TTS)

Delmonico works closely with the World Health Organization, where he has been appointed as an advisor on organ transplantation. In addition, he is the medical director of the New England Organ Bank (NEOB) and director of educational activities for the Transplantation Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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David Rothman

Against The Motion

David Rothman

Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and Director of the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia

Rothman trained as a social historian, he has written widely on medicine. His subjects include the history of caretaker institutions, the implications of the rise of bioethics and law for medicine, and medical professionalism with a focus on conflict of interest. His recent book, Trust is Not Enough (2006) addresses among other issues, the ethics of research in third-world countries and how markets in organs for transplantation have become a worldwide phenomena.

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Declared Winner: For The Motion

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  • Comment Link sob5 Saturday, 31 May 2014 21:03 posted by sob5

    I'm against that youg boy to give half of his life to old man just because one rich and the other poor and need for money. we all know alcohol major reason of kidney failure, if people stop drink their not going to need to pay kidney, if you said you cannot then it's your choice to get kidney failur and to die.

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