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Arguing the ethics of facial transplantation.

By Ashlin J Alexander, Daniel S Alam, Patrick J Gullane, Benoît Lengelé and Peter A Adamson

Abstract

While 7 face transplants have been performed around the world, to date, there remains debate regarding the validity of this procedure. We submit that performing a facial transplant-in the appropriately selected patient-is technically defensible and ethically sound. By outlining the technical and ethical boundaries of the debate, responding to the key arguments against the procedure, and describing its motivations and potential benefits, we state our justification of facial transplantation

Topics: Attitude of Health Personnel, Ethics, Medical, Facial Transplantation - ethics, Humans, Psychology, Quality of Life - psychology
Publisher: 'American Medical Association (AMA)'
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1001/archfacial.2009.106
OAI identifier: oai:dial.uclouvain.be:boreal:70058
Provided by: DIAL UCLouvain
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