Friday, August 28, 2015

The Changing Definition of What Is ‘Brain Dead’

Healthline News has just posted a nice new review of the debate over brain death.  It is not 100% accurate.  But it is a lucid, comprehensive, lay presentation of the issues.  



I love this quote from the distinguished critical care specialist and ethicist John Luce: " The brain dead people are not as dead as we once thought they were, in the overall biological sense."



The article also notes that Calixto Machado is working on a paper, to be published before the end of the year, which will propose a new category of consciousness to describe Jahi McMath’s as-yet-unseen circumstances.


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