Introduction: Definition of a 'living cadaver'.
I. MEDICAL USES FOR A 'LIVING CADAVER'
A. Medical Research
—Experiments Too Dangerous for Living Patients.
1. Testing of New Surgical Procedures,
Tools, Life-Support Machines, etc.
2. Testing of New Artificial Organs.
3. Drug Testing.
B. Medical Education.
1. Practice Surgery for Surgeons in Training.
2. Anatomical Study for Doctors in Training.
C. Organ Donation.
II. PROBLEMS AND OBSTACLES TO BE
A. Public Resistance—Sensational Media Accounts.
B. Medical Resistance—It Has Never Been Done Before.
C. A New Definition of Death—Permanent Unconsciousness.
D. The Moral and Legal Status of a 'Living Cadaver'.
III. EXTENDING THE CONCEPT INTO THE
A. Anencephalic Infants—Born Permanently Unconscious.
B. Bodies Already in Persistent Vegetative State.
C. Convicts Condemned to Death
1. Only Those Who Donate Voluntarily at First.
2. Medical Uses Claimed as a Public Right.
James Park is an
philosopher and medical ethicist.
In his 'living will', he has donated his body as a 'living cadaver'
—after he is finished with it.
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