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Just love in live organ donation
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, Vol. 12, no 3, 323-331 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Emotionally-related live organ donation is different from almost all other medical treatments in that a family member or, in some countries, a friend contributes with an organ or parts of an organ to the recipient. Furthermore, there is a long-acknowledged but not well-understood gender-imbalance in emotionally-related live kidney donation. This article argues for the benefit of the concept of just love as an analytic tool in the analysis of emotionally-related live organ donation where the potential donor(s) and the recipient are engaged in a love relation. The concept of just love is helpful in the analysis of these live organ donations even if no statistical gender-imbalance prevails. It is particularly helpful, however, in the analysis of the gender-imbalance in live kidney donations if these donations are seen as a specific kind of care-work, if care-work is experienced as a labour one should perform out of love and if women still experience stronger pressures to engage in care-work than do men. The aim of the article is to present arguments for the need of just love as an analytic tool in the analysis of emotionally-related live organ donation where the potential donor(s) and the recipient are engaged in a love relation. The aim is also to elaborate two criteria that need to be met in order for love to qualify as just and to highlight certain clinical implications.

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2009. Vol. 12, no 3, 323-331 p.
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Live organ donation, ethics, love, the just, choice, gender
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20972DOI: 10.1007/s11019-008-9151-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20972DiVA: diva2:237870
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The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com: Kristin Zeiler, Just love in live organ donation, 2009, Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, (12), 3, 323-331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11019-008-9151-1 Copyright: Springer Science Business Media http://www.springerlink.com/ Available from: 2009-09-26 Created: 2009-09-26 Last updated: 2009-09-28

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