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J Med Ethics 9:28-44 doi:10.1136/jme.9.1.28
  • Research Article

Whole-brain death reconsidered.

Abstract

The author, a philosopher, suggests that the concept of death should be left as it is 'in its present indeterminate state', and that we ought to reject attempts to define death in terms of whole-brain death or any other type of brain death, including cerebral death and 'irreversible coma'. Instead of 'fiddling with the definition of death' clear rules should be established specifying 'what can be appropriately done to whom when'.