Criteria for Death: Self-Determination and Public Policy
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1992 Aug; 17(4): 445-454.
'Whole brain death' criteria have found support in Western cultures in regard to post-mortem organ donation and the termination of care for patients meeting these strict criteria. But they are of minimal use in Asian cultures and in the ethics of caring for the persistent vegetative patient. This paper introduces a formula for a global Uniform Determination of Death statute, based on the 'entire brain including brain stem' criteria as a default position, but allowing competent adults by means of advance directives to choose other criteria for determining death during the process of dying.
Adults; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Brain; Brain Death; Caring; Cultural Pluralism; Consent; Death; Determination of Death; Ethics; Family Members; International Aspects; Legislation; Model Legislation; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Organ Donation; Patient Participation; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Public Policy; Religious Ethics; Risks and Benefits; Standards; Third Party Consent;
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