01 August 2007
Facial transplantation: Understanding the interests of patients and hurdles to informed consentMichael Hurlburt
Med Sci Monit 2007; 13(8): RA147-153 :: ID: 491816
Facial transplantation for persons with severe facial deformity has sparked much debate in the bioethics community. Unfortunately, the primary ethical issues stemming from facial transplantation have been neglected in the flurry of published literature, resulting in a lopsided and inadequate evaluation of the interests of patients and our responsibilities to them. In this essay, I shall address the major concerns raised by those who believe that it would be unethical to allow persons with disfigured faces to undergo facial transplantation. Most critics have argued hastily that the experimental nature of this procedure makes it impossible for patients to provide informed consent. I shall demonstrate that this judgment is misguided and that patients can be sufficiently educated about the procedure’s seemingly unique potential risks and benefits. Upon proving the hurdles to providing informed consent are surmountable, I shall establish that the worries held by opponents of facial transplantation do not justify withholding this procedure from disfigured persons. I shall explain that there is sufficient understanding of the possible outcomes of facial transplantation to ensure that the interests of patients will be given proper consideration, and that given our concern for the autonomy and well-being of patients, facial transplantation should be made available to suitable persons with drastic facial deformity.
Keywords: Consent Forms, Tissue Transplantation - methods, Risk, Quality of Life, Informed Consent, Human Experimentation, Face - pathology, Ethics, Medical, Face - pathology, Tissue Transplantation - methods, Risk, Quality of Life, Informed Consent, Human Experimentation, Consent Forms, Ethics, Medical
01 May 2023 : EditorialEditorial: Twenty Years On from Sequencing the Human Genome, Personalized/Precision Oncology Prepares to Meet the Challenges of Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy
Med Sci Monit 2023; 29:e940911
31 May 2023 : Review articlePrevalence, Diagnosis, and Management of Eclampsia and the Need for Improved Maternal Care: A Review
Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.939919
30 May 2023 : Clinical ResearchA Case-Control Study of Cognitive Function in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease Before and After Hemodi...
Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.940409
30 May 2023 : Review articleA Review of the Role of the Zebrafish (Danio reiro) in Preclinical and Clinical Models of Biomarker Identif...
Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.940550
30 May 2023 : Database AnalysisThe COVID-19 Crisis and the Incidence of Alcohol-Related Deaths in Poland
Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.940904
Most Viewed Current Articles
13 Nov 2021 : Clinical ResearchAcceptance of COVID-19 Vaccination and Its Associated Factors Among Cancer Patients Attending the Oncology ...
Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e932788
30 Dec 2021 : Clinical ResearchRetrospective Study of Outcomes and Hospitalization Rates of Patients in Italy with a Confirmed Diagnosis o...
Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e935379
08 Mar 2022 : Review articleA Review of the Potential Roles of Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Pharmacological Approaches for the Man...
Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e936292
01 Jan 2022 : EditorialEditorial: Current Status of Oral Antiviral Drug Treatments for SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Non-Hospitalized Pa...
Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e935952