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Medical LawText, Cases, and Materials

Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edn)

Emily Jackson
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date: 30 March 2023

p. 65212. Organ Transplantationlocked

p. 65212. Organ Transplantationlocked

  • Emily JacksonEmily JacksonProfessor of Law, London School of Economics


This chapter discusses organ transplantation. It first considers cadaveric donation, looking at who can become a donor, and which organs can be taken. England, Scotland, and Wales have introduced opt-out systems, which means that if someone has not opted out, their consent to organ donation will be deemed. It then turns to living organ donation, looking at informed consent and the legitimacy of incentives. Finally, it considers the ethical, practical, and legal obstacles to animal-to-human transplantation.

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