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Some historical notes on the diagnosis of death--the emergence of the brain death concept.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19943608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper demonstrates that discussions about the diagnosis of death and the meaning of states of suspended animation existed long before the publication of the Harvard criteria in 1968. The surgeons who started retrieving kidneys from heart beating cadavers have been accused to redefine death in order to obtain high quality organs. In fact, they were not aware of modifying a definition. They did not view death as a philosophical concept but considered that it was a biological phenomenon of which brain death was merely a new expression resulting from the development of resuscitation and intensive care procedures.
P Kinnaert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta chirurgica Belgica     Volume:  109     ISSN:  0001-5458     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Chir. Belg.     Publication Date:    2009 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-30     Completed Date:  2010-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370571     Medline TA:  Acta Chir Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  421-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
CUB H??pital Erasme, Brussels.
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MeSH Terms
Biomedical Research / history*
Brain Death / diagnosis*
Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures / history*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Resuscitation / history

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