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Organ allocation: a guide for the perplexed 

Organ allocation: a guide for the perplexed
Organ allocation: a guide for the perplexed

Benjamin E. Hippen

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date: 22 October 2019

A system of organ allocation assumes that there are property rights in organs and that these rights are uncontroversially transferred to, held by, and disposed of by those empowered to allocate. It also assumes that those empowered to allocate ought to be so empowered and explains why. The terms ‘efficiency’ and ‘equity’, favoured by contemporary reflections on organ allocation, turn out on further examination to be complex, multivalent concepts in their own right. The reader who is looking for comprehensive solutions to how organs ought to be allocated and why may not be amply rewarded. However, it is sometimes useful to rehearse the reasons for one’s confusions and uncertainties. A guide for the perplexed can be an improvement on no guide at all.

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