Year: 1971 Source: Life-Threatening Behavior, v.1, no.1, (Spring 1971), p.5-9 SIEC No: 19871981

The question is posed whether an individual who wants to take his life would be assuaged by being asked to donate only an organ. Tying it with ancient sacrificial rites, the hypothesis is offered that the giving of parts of oneself, including blood, can serve as an altruistic-expiatory alternative to suicide, thus avoiding the twin tragedies of healthy people who want to kill themselves & sick people who for lack of a single organ have to die.