The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Chapter 31: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Brain Death and Organ Transplantation: A Japanese Perspective

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Brain Death and Organ Transplantation: A Japanese Perspective

Ethical, legal and social issues in brain death and organ transplantation: A Japanese perspective

Introduction: Brain Death and Organ Transplantation as a Pandora's Box

Brain death and organ transplants have generated not just medical issues but various other controversies including philosophical questions directly linked to life, or general or specific ethical, legal and social issues.1 These issues highlight important principle questions such as the following: What is life and death? This is an age-old question. Is brain death human death?2 Should we promote organ transplantation?3 Where does the limit of organ transplantation lie? In other words, up to what extent can we allow organ transplantation?4 Can we use organs that are collected from ...

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