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German doctors protest against “organ tourism”

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1282

Doctors in Germany have called for an end to “organ tourism” after two patients died from severe postoperative septic shock less than a month after they had had kidney transplant operations with organs from living donors in India.

Professor Thomas Philipp, from the University Hospital in Essen, where the two patients died, wrote in an article in the Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift that he knew of 25 such cases. He urged industrial countries “to pass suitable laws …

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