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Where's Waldo? The 'decapitation gambit' and the definition of death.
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PMID:  21989065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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The 'decapitation gambit' holds that, if physical decapitation normally entails the death of the human being, then physiological decapitation, evident in cases of total brain failure, entails the death of the human being. This argument has been challenged by Franklin Miller and Robert Truog, who argue that physical decapitation does not necessarily entail the death of human beings and that therefore, by analogy, artificially sustained human bodies with total brain failure are living human beings. They thus challenge the current neurological criterion for determining death and argue for a return to the traditional criterion of the irreversible loss of circulation and respiration. In this paper, I defend the decapitation gambit and total brain failure as a criterion for determining death against Miller and Truog's criticism.
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John P Lizza
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1473-4257     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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