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Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs

Kieran Healy


More than any other altruistic gesture, blood and organ donation exemplifies the true spirit of self-sacrifice. Donors literally give of themselves for no reward so that the life of an individual—often anonymous—may be spared. But as the demand for blood and organs has grown, the value of a system that depends solely on gifts has been called into question, and the possibility has surfaced that donors might be supplemented or replaced by paid suppliers. This book offers a fresh perspective on this ethical dilemma by examining the social organization of blood and organ donation in Europe and the ... More

Keywords: organ donation, self-sacrifice, donors, organs, gifts of blood, social organization, institutions, procurement organizations, altruism, financial incentive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226322353
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226322384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kieran Healy, author