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The Definition of Death Unresolved Controversies

  • Robert M. Veatch

Abstract

During the 1970s, as states rapidly adopted brain criteria for pronouncing death, many believed that the definition of death debate would soon be over. A few romantics would hold onto the heart as the critical organ for considering a person alive, but they would be overpowered by more reasonable people oriented to the brain as the locus for determining whether a person was dead. Eventually those committed to the respiratory and circulatory function would die off, and a widespread consensus would dominate public policy.

Keywords

Brain Function Brain Death Irreversible Loss Persistent Vegetative State Treatment Refusal 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Veatch
    • 1
  1. 1.Kennedy Institute of EthicsGeorgetown UniversityUSA

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