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The Global Body Market
Altruism's Limits

Ray D. Madoff, Michele Goodwin, Naomi Duke, Jamila Jefferson, Debora L. Spar, Donna Dickenson, Richard A. Epstein, Dorothy A. Brown, L. Song Richardson
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  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107478367


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  • Black and gray markets for body parts are illegal, but also pioneering and inventive. Although this type of criminal activity requires dexterity and innovation, these markets thrive and flourish, sometimes in view of law. On the other hand, altruistic procurement is mired by low participation, which encourages black market transactions. Thousands of patients die each year waiting for an organ or bone marrow donation through the altruistic procurement system, so some turn to the dark side. This book offers a frank discussion of altruism in the global body market. It exposes how researchers exploit their patients' ignorance to harvest tissue samples, blood, and other biologics without consent, chronicles exploitation in the name of altruism, including the non-consensual use of children in dangerous clinical trials, and analyzes social and legal commitments to the value of altruism - offering an important critique of the vulnerability of altruism to corruption, coercion, pressure, and other negative externalities.

    • Engages political scientists, lawyers, and doctors with contributions from the best legal minds who are writing on the topic
    • The first book to honestly grapple with and confront the weaknesses in global approaches to altruistic body part procurement
    • Analyzes body part exchanges, from savior siblings and organ donation, to reproduction and medical experimentation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Since the 2006 publication of her paradigm-shifting Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Human Body Parts, Michele Goodwin has offered startling perceptions into the commercial nature of many 'altruistic' transactions. As editor of this nuanced but visionary volume … [she] has gathered experts from various disciplines and stances: its writers are joined not by ideology but by their deep knowledge and an ability to keep you closely engaged through gripping case histories that read like novellas and inform like cutting-edge textbooks. Despite the authors' differing disciplines and stances, the book retains the harmony of a quilt, although its caveats provide little of its comfort. Several recent works have focused on life, health and the dollar, but this game-changing volume will take you where others don't.' Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid and Deadly Monopolies

    'Scientific advances are rapidly increasing the possibilities for our bodies and body parts to be shared with others. Within the professions rhetorical warfare has erupted with extreme options the norm. Pure altruism on the part of donors or free markets with bodies and body parts sold or rented to the highest bidder are proposed. The Global Body Market is an indispensable guide to avoiding the land mines and developing common sense policies that save lives and protect donors from exploitation and coercion.' Frances Kissling, President, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy

    'Michele Goodwin captures the excruciatingly complex tension between the apparent altruism of those attempting to provide safe, ethical, and professional transplantation options and those preying upon the sick, frightened, and dying. Professor Goodwin is a medico-legal sleuth, bringing together world-class experts from multiple fields in a collaborative effort to inform and educate us - brilliantly - about this translucent world where law, medicine, public health, crime, life, and death intertwine.' George Woods, University of California Law School, Secretary General, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107478367
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Blind Side of Altruism: Abuse, Coercion, and Fraud:
    1. The perverse history of dead bodies under American law Ray D. Madoff
    2. Compelled body donations from children Michele Goodwin
    3. Situated bodies in medicine and research: altruism vs. compelled sacrifice Naomi Duke
    4. Quid pro quo altruism Jamila Jefferson
    Part II. Contestable Commodities:
    5. Free markets, free choice? A market approach to reproductive rights Debora L. Spar
    6. Exploitation in the global egg trade: emotive terminology or necessary critique? Donna Dickenson
    Part III. How to Create and Manage Markets in Contestable Commodities Public and Private Regulation:
    7. How to create markets in contestable commodities Richard A. Epstein
    8. Taxing the body Dorothy A. Brown
    9. Criminal policing of human experimentation L. Song Richardson
    10. Liberalizing tort law Michele Goodwin.

  • Editor

    Michele Goodwin, University of Minnesota
    Michele Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Prior to teaching law, Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Law and Social Inquiry and the Harvard/Stanford/Duke Journal of Law and the Biosciences. She is the author or editor of four books and more than sixty articles and book chapters. Her editorials and commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Forbes, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times and the Washington Post. She is a columnist for 'The Conversation' at the Chronicle of Higher Education.


    Ray D. Madoff, Michele Goodwin, Naomi Duke, Jamila Jefferson, Debora L. Spar, Donna Dickenson, Richard A. Epstein, Dorothy A. Brown, L. Song Richardson

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