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Title: Giving and receiving: Organ transplantation in Singapore
Keywords: Singapore, Organ transplant, Allocation, Ethics, Medicine, Medicalization
Issue Date: 26-May-2005
Citation: LIM CHEE HAN (2005-05-26). Giving and receiving: Organ transplantation in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Most academic research concerning organ transplants focus on the methods of procuring organs and the definition of brain death; few have been devoted to the very allocation of human organs to selected recipients. Given that human organs are life saving medical resources, the denial of access to this resource can mean the death of the patient. It is a fact that the demand for organs outstrips the supply, how then do decision-makers decide whom to let live or die? This thesis attempts to lay bare how such decisions are made in heart, kidney and liver transplant programmes in Singapore, and offer comparisons with cases in the West. This provides some insights into the role of the decision makers in making life and death choices, and the effects of modernization and an Asian context on the ethical positions taken by decision makers.
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