Whole-Brain Death Reconsidered--Physiological Facts and Philosophy
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Mar; 9(1): 32-37.
Disagreeing with the viewpoint expressed by Alister Browne in a preceding article, Pallis contends that codifying the definition of death as whole-brain death is both practical and conceptually valid. He discusses the different meanings of "a vegetative state," "whole-brain death," and "brain-stem death," and concludes that it is legitimate to tie decisions on such medical procedures as maintaining life support systems to a whole-brain definition of death. (KIE abstract)
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Browne, Alister (1983-03)The trend toward adopting whole-brain death as the legal definition of death is opposed on philosophical grounds. The author maintains that it would be less problematic conceptually to leave the definition of death in ...