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Are recent defences of the brain death concept adequate?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19210745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Brain death is accepted in most countries as death. The rationales to explain why brain death is death are surprisingly problematic. The standard rationale that in brain death there has been loss of integrative unity of the organism has been shown to be false, and a better rationale has not been clearly articulated. Recent expert defences of the brain death concept are examined in this paper, and are suggested to be inadequate. I argue that, ironically, these defences demonstrate the lack of a defensible rationale for why brain death should be accepted as death itself. If brain death is death, a conceptual rationale for brain death being equivalent to death should be clarified, and this should be done urgently.
Ari Joffe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-02-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioethics     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1467-8519     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioethics     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-06     Completed Date:  2010-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704792     Medline TA:  Bioethics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-53     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Death*
Ethics, Medical*
Terminology as Topic

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