Adding Another Voice to the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Discussions at the CIBA Symposium of 1966

Perspect Biol Med. 2015;58(4):379-94. doi: 10.1353/pbm.2015.0030.


In March 1966, the CIBA Foundation sponsored an international interdisciplinary conference on transplantation. Attendees included surgeons, physicians from many medical disciplines, legal professionals, a minister, and a science reporter. Although the main topic of discussion was the living donor, none was present. This article gives voice to the living donor through two qualitative interviews with men who donated at different centers in the United States in the early 1960s and subsequently developed end-stage renal disease (ESRD). These narratives contribute to five topics discussed at the CIBA meeting that are still relevant today: (1) pressure to donate; (2) special donor categories; (3) donor health; (4) socioeconomic consequences of donation; and (5) lack of regret.

MeSH terms

  • Emotions
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Kidney Transplantation / ethics
  • Kidney Transplantation / psychology*
  • Living Donors / psychology*
  • Male
  • Qualitative Research
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States