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Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts

ISBN13: 9781107642751
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2006)
Price: £20.99

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In America, in direct response to indefinite delays on the national transplantation waitlists and an inadequate supply of organs, a growing number of terminally ill Americans are turning to international underground markets and coordinators or brokers for organs. Chinese inmates on death-row and the economically disadvantaged in India and Brazil are the often compromised co-participants in the private negotiation process, which occurs outside the legal process - or in the shadows of law. These individuals supply kidneys and other organs for Americans and other Westerners willing to shop and pay in the private process.

This 2006 book contends that exclusive reliance on the present altruistic tissue and organ procurement processes in the United States is not only rife with problems, but also improvident. The author explores how the altruistic approach leads to a 'black market' of organs being harvested from Third World individuals as well as compelled donations from children and incompetent persons.

Medical Law
1. Introduction

Part I:
2. Institutional supply and demand
3. Nuances, judicial authority, and legal limits of altruism
4. Equal opportunity rationing: racial and economic disparities

Part II. Legal Frameworks and Alternatives:
5. The legal process of procurement and allocation: regulatory frame
6. Presumed consent
7. Commodification

Part III:
8. Tissue sales: an African American predicament?: critiquing the slavery and black body market comparison
9. The private and public financial transaction in tissue transplantation
10. African Americans and organ sales
11. Conclusion.