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The donor doctor's dilemma
  1. Bryan Jennett
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurological Sciences and the University of Glasgow


    Professor Jennett first defines the term `brain death' and the problems arising from a diagnosis of death, some the result of recent technological advances. The diagnosis is not necessarily connected with donor transplants, although in the popular mind this is still so. The criteria for establishing brain death and the sources of potential error in this diagnosis are outlined. The diagnosis of brain death can be made confidently, as is already common practice, and this should become standard good medical practice.

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