This article is the concluding part of the discussion of ethical issues around xenotransplantation which was commenced in the May issue of the journal. Very little discussion has been published in the professional press on this topic. The message of the articles is that it behoves us to think about these issues before commencing such a new course.
In this series we have seen that competent adult patients have the legal right to withhold their consent to treatment offered to them. This rule applies to all areas of treatment and care, even where treatment offered is for a serious or severe condition. It applies equally where in the extreme situation, a refusal is likely to result in the person's death… (More)