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However else they might be described, the obviously living,
functioning, bodies of 'brain stem dead' organ donors are certainly not
cadavers - which are dead bodies, corpses (OED). The perpetuation of
their misrepresentation, unfortunately propagated by the Department of
Health in 1983, prejudices all attempts to assess the true level of
public acceptance of organ transplantation practice.
1. Cadaveric organs for...
1. Cadaveric organs for transplantation. A Code of Practice including
the diagnosis of brain death. Health Departments of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, February 1983.