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Specialists call for legalised trade in kidneys

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:443
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    As patients die while waiting for transplantations and the sale of organs on the black market keeps growing, a US nephrologist and his daughter, a transplantation specialist, have argued for legalising the voluntary sale and purchase of kidneys.

    In an article published online on 15 February in Kidney International the authors quote the US Department of Health and Human Services as saying, “Each day, about 74 people receive an organ transplant. However, 17 people die each day waiting for transplants that cannot take place because of the shortage of donated organs” (, doi:10.1038/

    Eli Friedman, a nephrologist at the State University of New York, and Amy Friedman, a specialist in transplantation at Yale University, …

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