Neurocritical Care

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 449–450 | Cite as

Response to Rady re: Religion and Neuroscience

  • Ariane LewisEmail author
Response to a Letter to the Editor

I appreciate Rady’s interest in my recent article, “A survey of multidenominational rabbis on death by neurologic criteria,” which discussed rabbinical perspectives on brain death/death by neurologic criteria (BD/DNC) [1]. Although a 2015 survey of neurologists demonstrated that 36% of objections to declaration of BD/DNC are based on religious beliefs that BD/DNC is not true death, there was no empirical data on the perspectives of religious leaders on BD/DNC before this survey of rabbis [2]. Like Rady, I believe that it would be beneficial to explore the perspectives of other religious groups in a similar manner; to this end, I am currently surveying Muslims in healthcare and hospital chaplains about their views on BD/DNC.

I agree with Rady’s assertion that, “many religions demand unequivocal and infallible biologic criteria for determining the occurrence of death with certainty;” I don’t think anyone could, or would, make the argument that it is ever acceptable to declare a person...




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neurocritical Care, Departments of Neurology and NeurosurgeryNYU Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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