Med Humanities 34:120 doi:10.1136/jmh.2008.000646
  • Letters to the editor
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Iranian model of living, non-related kidney donation: a style to be condemned ethically

  1. A Mahdanian
  1. Dr A Mahdanian, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1145765111, Iran; amahdanian{at}

    These days, there are articles in the press promoting the Iranian model of living, non-related kidney donation. There are reasonable, well-presented arguments in favour of the Iranian model that motivate other countries to follow it.1 2 Although the impartial ones contain some disadvantages of the system, there exist many other unethical points that convince almost everybody to act against this monetary compensation model of organ donation.3 4

    One of the inhumane aspects is that an Iranian cannot donate his …