Critics castigate surgical team that performed first hand transplant for "showmanship," lack of planning.The international team of surgeons who performed the world's first successful hand transplant in Lyons, France last September have been criticized for carrying out the breakthrough procedure behind closed doors.
Robert Beasley, MD, director of New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of University's hand surgery department, characterized the action as "a grossly unethical act of showmanship" and castigated the team for its apparent lack of planning. Mark Siegler, PhD, director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics medical ethics The moral construct focused on the medical issues of individual Pts and medical practitioners. See Baby Doe, Brouphy, Conran, Jefferson, Kevorkian, Quinlan, Roe v Wade, Webster decision. at the University of Chicago, criticized the surgeons for avoiding prior public and professional review, saying that such review is vital because no regulatory agencies oversee new operations.
Arthur Caplan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics bioethics, in philosophy, a branch of ethics concerned with issues surrounding health care and the biological sciences. These issues include the morality of abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, and organ transplants (see transplantation, medical). at the University of Pennsylvania (body, education) University of Pennsylvania - The home of ENIAC and Machiavelli.
Address: Philadelphia, PA, USA. , accused the team of acting "in a completely irresponsible way." Caplan said his main concern was that the surgeons provided no opportunity for public consideration of its plans, and that this could jeopardize support for organ donations.
Earl Owen, M.D. the Australian microsurgeon who led the international team, dismissed the criticism, noting that public discussion didn't precede such innovations as the first kidney or heart transplant and isn't necessary now. He suggested that the team at the University of Louisville See also
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Jerome Kassirer, MD, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine (New Engl J Med or NEJM) is an English-language peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world. , seemed to side with Owen, saying that while prior public, discussion "probably is worthwhile...I don't think it's necessarily essential." Kassirer said that the ethical concerns surrounding organ transplants have been thoroughly discussed and "our society is comfortable" with the transplant process. And he pointed out that most medical breakthroughs have been reached without prior public debate and simply announced afterward. "I don't see it as a totally egregious thing to do," he said. "Doctors are a competitive lot. They would very much like to be the first in any medium."
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) was founded in 1946 to facilitate the exchange of information related to problems of the hand. It is the oldest and largest medical specialty society in the United States devoted to the care of the hand. has called for a ban on hand transplants because the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits.