Letters Organ donation

No more “harvesting” of organs

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6174 (Published 14 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6174
  1. Stephen Streat, intensivist and clinical director1
  1. 1Organ Donation New Zealand, PO Box 99431, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand
  1. stephens{at}adhb.govt.nz

I was shocked that the word “harvest” for organ donation from deceased donors was used in The BMJ in the head to head debate on whether patients in cardiac arrest should be taken to hospital.1

The word ordinarily refers to gathering an agricultural crop with the use …

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