Medical science has now made it possible to transplant kidneys from one individual to another in order to save the lives of patients dying of kidney failure. The use of kidneys from recently deceased patients (so called cadaver donors) is increasing, creating special legal problems in regard to obtaining and using such organs. As techniques of heart, lung, and liver transplantation develop, these legal problems may become even more complex.
Carl E. Wasmuth & Bruce H. Stewart, Medical and Legal Aspects of Human Organ Transplantation, 14 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 442 (1965)