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Promoting Organs for Transplantation

Promoting Organs for Transplantation As a pediatric surgeon, I have special reason to be moved by appeals for organs to transplant to small children. The President has asked me to help in a number of cases, and I have done my best to respond. Like many others, however, I know that individual appeals, particularly through the mechanism of television and the other media, do not constitute a long-term resolution of the problem of organ procurement. Like others, I feel frustration (occasionally lightened when I hear of a temporary oversupply of livers for children), and wish I could command more permanent solutions to appear. Complex problems, however, surround the procurement of organs for transplantation. I can only tell myself, as I would others, "Organ transplantation is having its growing pains. Don't panic." That a single bold move will not resolve such a complex problem is illustrated by the nation's experience with the Uniform Anatomical Gift http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Promoting Organs for Transplantation

JAMA , Volume 251 (12) – Mar 23, 1984

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1984.03340360057030
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Abstract

As a pediatric surgeon, I have special reason to be moved by appeals for organs to transplant to small children. The President has asked me to help in a number of cases, and I have done my best to respond. Like many others, however, I know that individual appeals, particularly through the mechanism of television and the other media, do not constitute a long-term resolution of the problem of organ procurement. Like others, I feel frustration (occasionally lightened when I hear of a temporary oversupply of livers for children), and wish I could command more permanent solutions to appear. Complex problems, however, surround the procurement of organs for transplantation. I can only tell myself, as I would others, "Organ transplantation is having its growing pains. Don't panic." That a single bold move will not resolve such a complex problem is illustrated by the nation's experience with the Uniform Anatomical Gift

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 23, 1984

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