Psychological aspects of face transplantation: read the small print carefully
Rumsey, N. (2004) Psychological aspects of face transplantation: read the small print carefully. The American Journal of Bioethics, 4 (3). pp. 22-25. ISSN 1526-5161
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15265160490496903
As a member of the Working Party set up by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in England to consider the technical, psychological, medical, and ethical aspects of face transplantation in 2003, I welcome the chance to comment on the article by the prospective team in Louisville. This commentary is offered from the perspective of a psychologist specializing in appearance and disfigurement. My understanding of other aspects of facial transplantation is derived from the discussions and final report of the RCS Working Party (Royal College of Surgeons 2003). In addition to being an experimental surgical procedure, face transplantation is experimental from the psychological perspective. Previous research and current understanding indicate that the psychological risks are more complex and extensive than the Louisville team suggest.
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