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Ethical Troubles in Organ Procurement, Transplantation, and Medicalization of Dying

Call for Papers

The controversy surrounding death, the dead donor rule, the adequacy of neurological criteria for death, and finally the organ procurement continues unabated. Many disagreements are rooted in disputes surrounding the practices of transplant medicine. Moreover, the persistent mismatch between the supply of and need for transplantable organs has led to efforts to increase the supply, including controlled donation after circulatory death. Potential conflicts between the donor’s and recipient’s interests often arise. These conflicts can be managed in a variety of ways, including informed consent and separating the various participants’ roles. For example, informed consent should be sought for premortem interventions to improve organ viability. Consideration of the role of the principles of justice, utility, and equity in the just distribution of transplantable organs as scarce resources has to be emphasized. Ethical issues of determining death of the organ donor including the remaining controversies in brain death determination and the new controversies raised by circulatory death determination are still on the debate. The wide debates about death, organ donation, and elective ventilation must, therefore, be addressed as ‘biopolitical’ questions that deserve a great attention in the actual cultural and scientific debate.

We are interested in articles that explore all the aspects related to the issue of death definition and ascertainment and of organ donation and procurement. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The issue of end of life in severely ill newborn infants and organ donation in pediatric patients
  • Ethical dilemmas in neonatology
  • The diagnosis of death, with particular emphasis on the international perspective
  • Organ donation and procurement
  • Elective ventilation
  • Live donation

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/public.health/trop/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 6 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Vittorio Fineschi, Department of Legal Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
  • Jozef H. H. M. Dorscheidt, Section of Health Law, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands