Brain death and death of human individual
Nippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine 2010 Dec; 68(12): 2215-20
The revised Organ Transplant Law of Japan, enforced from July, 2010, has made "brain death", as well as "cardiac death", death of human individual and procurement of an organ from a brain dead body is now possible by a surviving family's consent. However, brain death issue is a still serious topic, and arguments are going around on whether it is morally justifiable to accept brain death, and if so, in what sense. The author argues that death of human being occurs when "vital triangle," consisted of brain, heart and lung, is severed out.
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