Theor Med Bioeth 2019 Oct;40(5):455-481
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Healy 419, 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20057, USA.
For decades, physicians, philosophers, theologians, lawyers, and the public considered brain death a settled issue. However, a series of recent cases in which individuals were declared brain dead yet physiologically maintained for prolonged periods of time has challenged the status quo. This signals a need for deeper reflection and reexamination of the underlying philosophical, scientific, and clinical issues at stake in defining death. Read More