Organ Transplantation in China
Jeremy R. Chapman, AC, MD, FRCP, FRACP1
China is a complex country with a large and diverse population challenged by swift and transformative economic growth. Some commentators see the emergence of China as an economic superpower, as simply a return to the normality that existed for 1800 of the last 2000 years, with the last 200 years merely an aberration.
In our field of transplantation, the pathway for Chinese medicine has also been aberrant for much of the last 15 years, deflected into a sordid, shameful, corrupt, and unethical grab for money through sale of organs to the highest bidders from inside and outside of China. Organs for sale from executed prisoners reviled the world, both because of the intrinsically unethical source of organs and realization that this demand was probably driving increased approvals for execution. The volume of this activity also distorted development of organ donation programs across the world and led to extreme predation on the wealthy sick...