Human Death and the Destruction of the Neocortex

  • Edward T. Bartlett
  • Stuart J. Youngner
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 31)


Up until the past two decades, there was little debate or discussion about definitions of human death. When a human being’s heart stopped beating or his breathing failed, consciousness, internal integration, and the life of individual organs, tissues, and even cells ceased — quickly, inevitably, and permanently.


Brain Stem Brain Death Human Organism Vegetative Function Entire Brain 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward T. Bartlett
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stuart J. Youngner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Cleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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