101 e-Letters

published between 2012 and 2015

  • Diagnosing Death - practical vs. philosophical
    Daniel JR Harvey

    Dear Editor,

    Recent attacks on the medical criteria for diagnosing death have, in our opinion, reached such a degree of sophistry that the debate is in danger of becoming irrelevant to doctors and patients alike1 2 .Doctors have a job to do, to diagnose the dead.

    Dying is a process, decay effects different functions and cells of the body at different rates. Doctors must decide at what moment along this pr...

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