Role of living liver donation

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1287-c (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1287

Surgery violates principles of beneficence and autonomy

  1. Michael Potts, head (gratiaetnatura@yahoo.com)
  1. Philosophy and Religion Department, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC 28311, USA

    EDITOR–Neuberger and Price admit that there is a significant morbidity and an up to 1% mortality among living liver donors.1 They argue that a combination of the potential benefits to the recipient, the right of donors to make an altruistic decision to help someone else, an acceptable “societal ceiling” concerning mortality and morbidity, and an acceptable risk-benefit ratio, are sufficient for living liver …

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