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What should we do about the mismatch between the legal criteria for death and how brain death is diagnosed?

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Abstract

Mismatch between whole-brain death criteria embedded in statutes and accepted tests physicians use to diagnose brain death have clinical and ethical implications that could undermine public trust in death pronouncements. We consider merits and drawbacks of 4 ways to address this problem.

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Robbins, N. M., & Bernat, J. L. (2020, December 1). What should we do about the mismatch between the legal criteria for death and how brain death is diagnosed? AMA Journal of Ethics. American Medical Association. https://doi.org/10.1001/amajethics.2020.1038

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