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Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market Hardcover – March 22, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1589010406 ISBN-10: 158901040X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158901040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589010406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kidney for Sale by Owner is a remarkable book—insightful, scholarly, and beautifully argued."—American Journal of Bioethics

"Kidney for Sale by Owner is a tour de force, demonstrating both philosophical acumen, insight and scholarly care. This is how bioethics should be done! Moreover—and more soberly—given the number of people who die while waiting for a transplant, and the greater number who suffer while waiting, Kidney for Sale by Owner is long overdue. With luck it will be read not just by philosophers, but also by medical professionals and the framers of public policy."—Economic Affairs

"A comprehensive, balanced review of the philosophical and practical aspects of adopting a market-driven system for organ sales. Transplantation professionals, bioethicists, and the public will find Kidney for Sale by Owner invaluable for framing discussions of this complicated topic. . . . This book challenges our current views on the commercialism of organ donation and argues that from an ethical, medical, and societal viewpoint, the current prohibition of organ sales may cause more harm than good."—New England Journal of Medicine

"Accessible and would be of interest to the casual reader, while retaining sufficient analytical depth to be relevant to the ethical or transplant professional."—British Medical Journal


"Mark Cherry has authored an important, intellectually challenging book. Not only does Cherry address important questions about the sale of organs, but he also raises thought provoking, important moral questions about how we understand the body and moral authority in a secular society. The book raises important questions for transplantation ethics, bioethics, and political ethics."—Kevin Wm. Wildes, SJ, president, Loyola University New Orleans

"Kidney for Sale by Owner is extremely important, especially at a time when the demand for organs is ever-increasing and the supply is not. Cherry addresses important issues in social and political philosophy, health care economics, public policy, and social justice. Policymakers and health care professionals involved in designing policy or position statements for professional organizations should look to this carefully argued and level-headed analysis of the arguments for and against the permissibility of selling organs."—Ana Iltis, assistant professor, Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University, and author of Institutional Integrity in Health Care

"Mark Cherry's book is the definitive treatment of the bioethical and business ethics questions that have been raised about a market in organs. It is must reading for anyone interested in these issues, and it will be the basis for all future discussion of this topic. "—Nicholas Capaldi, Legendre-Soule Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics, Loyola University New Orleans

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jack on August 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If one asked me how I felt about selling ones organ's for profit a few months ago I would have surely said that it would be an immoral act indeed. However, after reading cherry's book I cannot, on a philosophical basis, find any flaws in his logic. A fun and interesting read.
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