Panel ponders organ procurement problem

JAMA. 1983;250(4):455. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040007003.
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"It is nothing short of amazing that we've come this far in the field of organ procurement and transplantation with such spotty, incomplete data as our base... we can't be sure if we have a true organ shortage or if we simply haven't been able to systematically procure the organs that may be available."

With such statements as these, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, of the Public Health Service, attempted to galvanize into action about 40 individuals and representatives of organizations involved in organ transplantation attending the Surgeon General's Workshop on Solid Organ Procurement for Transplantation: Educating the Physician and the Public, held in June at the Project Hope Health Sciences Education Center, Millwood, Va.

The workshop was convened because (1) there is growing demand for a variety of human organs as transplantation programs expand and diversify; (2) public and professional understanding and cooperation are essential if organs are


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