A Review of “An Ethical Market in Human Organs,” by Charles A. Erin and John Harris, and A Proposed Solution to the Current Organ Shortage
Author(s)Rattenni, Rachel, FCRH '14
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AbstractIn 2005, an Israeli man named Nick Rosen answered an ad in his local Tel Aviv newspaper searching for someone interested in selling a kidney. Through funding from the broker who placed the ad, Rosen was flown to New York and set up with a dialysis patient from Brooklyn. After Rosen and the dialysis patient passed a simple procedure for the screening of illegal organ sales by saying the two were old friends, the successful transplant surgery was performed at the esteemed Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The Brooklyn resident walked away never again needing to go on dialysis, and Nick Rosen walked away happily with $15,000. But was the sale ethical?