Newly Published
Correspondence  |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Comment
Author Notes
  • International Liver Transplantation Society, Fredericksburg, Virginia. president@ilts.org
  • (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)
    (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Comment
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003231
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003231
The International Liver Transplantation Society (Fredericksburg, Virginia) was disappointed to learn about “Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant,” published in the journal’s Mind to Mind section.1 
The piece misrepresents and stigmatizes patients with end-stage liver disease regardless of etiology. It shames our patients at the most vulnerable time when they seek help from healthcare professionals and transplantation is their only choice for survival. Healthcare professionals should not judge patients, regardless of whether they have a history of alcohol abuse, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis due to obesity, opioid dependence, or any other condition.
It discredits healthcare professionals caring for patients with end-stage liver disease by implying that no appropriate medical and psycho-social evaluation is performed in order to receive a liver transplant, when in fact the opposite is true.