Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:

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This chapter provides a definition of “death” that accurately describes the way “death” and “dead” are used in both medicine and in everyday conversation. It discusses the characteristics of optimum criteria and tests, and shows how acceptance of the definition provided supports the use of the whole brain criterion for determining death and for using the tests that show that this criterion has been satisfied. A legal definition of death that is believed to be superior to the UDDA statute is provided.

Keywords: whole brain criterion; higher brain; cortex criterion; Robert Veatch; cardiopulmonary functioning

Chapter.  13096 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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