Brain death revisited: The case for a national standard

Eun Kyoung Choi, Valita Fredland, Carla Zachodni, J. Eugene Lammers, Patricia Bledsoe, Paul R. Helft

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Abstract

The concept of brain death - first defined decades ago - still presents medical, ethical, and legal challenges despite its widespread acceptance in clinical practice and in law. This article reviews the medicine, law, and ethics of brain death, including the current inconsistencies in brain death determinations, which a lack of standardized federal policy promotes, and argues that a standard brain death policy to be used by all hospitals in all states should be created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)824-836
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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