J Clin Ethics 2021 ;32(2):109-113
Neurocritical Care, Departments of Neurology/Neurosurgery, MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics, University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave|MC 2030, Chicago, Illinois 60637 USA.
The recently published World Brain Death Project aims in alleviating inconsistencies in clinical guidelines and practice in the determination of death by neurologic criteria. However, critics have taken issue with a number of epistemic and metaphysical assertions that critics argue are either false, ad hoc, or confused. In this commentary, I discuss the nature of a definition of death; the plausibility of neurologic criteria as a sensible social, medical, and legal policy; and within a Rawlsian liberal framework, reasons for personal choice or accommodation among neurologic and circulatory definitions. Read More