Organ Donation Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Organ Donation
An overview of the practice of organ donation today.
# 60415 | 1,389 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Aug 18, 2005 in Medical and Health (General)

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Deciding to be an organ or tissue donor can potentially help several other people through life-saving transplants and tissue grafts. In the United States, organ transplants save about 63 people each day, but another 17 people on the waiting list die because not enough organs are available. This paper provides a review and discussion of the relevant literature, a personal assessment of the practice, followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.

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"While many Americans report being in favor of organ donation, there are some powerful cultural and religious issues that affect organ donorship. For example, until 1982 organ donation after death was not permissible in Islamic nations. However, the highest religious authority on such matters in Saudi Arabia (and therefore throughout the Islamic world) changed this in 1982, but the tales and legends that are naturally inculcated in childhood continue, however, to influence public attitudes in most Islamic nations. For instance, the widely told story of how the Prophet's uncle Samzah was murdered by the heathen Hind, who then opened the murdered man's belly and chewed up his liver, has slowed public acceptance of liver transplantation. "

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