Japanese Cadaver Organs: Tsukuba Group Murder Charge?
Nature. 1985 Feb 21; 313(6004): 613.
Controversy in Japan over brain death as a legal criterion of death has been heightened by a murder complaint lodged against three physicians who transplanted organs from a patient without brain activity but with a heartbeat. This legal action is likely to hasten the program initiated earlier this year by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare to build a consensus for public acceptance of brain death. Meanwhile, a Life Ethics Problem Study Parliamentarians League composed of legislators, lawyers, doctors, and government officials will ascertain the necessity for a new law on criteria of death. (KIE abstract)
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