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A Death RetoldJesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship$
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Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, and Peter Guarnaccia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830598

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877524_wailoo

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Playing With Matches Without Getting Burned

Playing With Matches Without Getting Burned

Public Confidence in Organ Allocation

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(p.180) Playing With Matches Without Getting Burned
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A Death Retold
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Jed Adam Gross

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877524_wailoo.12

Following Jesica Santillan's death, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nonprofit organization that oversees the country's organ allocation network, reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring public confidence in the transplant system. This chapter examines the historical formation of UNOS and analyzes why public confidence is a paramount priority for transplant policymakers. It discusses the cultural-technical organization of matching, the efforts to promote organ donation, and the politics and economics of organ allocation. Overall, the chapter explores how the matching of available organs with worthy recipients has historically intersected with American debates over scarcity, abundance, fairness, equality, and public confidence.

Keywords:   Jesica Santillan, United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS, transplant system, matching, organ donation, organ allocation, public confidence

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