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David Rothman

Extraordinary Demand for Organs Has Led to Worldwide Trafficking, Says P&S' Rothman

Because of the shortage of organs, particularly kidneys, patients are traveling to India, China and Eastern Europe to purchase organs, says David Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine. While some economists and bioethicists defend the practice as a way for poor people to escape poverty, Rothman observes that the sellers are no better off, and often worse off, after the sale.

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Shot: Oct 08, 2002
Published: Nov 11, 2002
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004