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July 22 2009

Controversies About Brain Death

JAMA. 2009;302(4):380-382. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1039

To the Editor: I believe that in his commentary on the JAMA Classics article on brain death, Dr Rosenberg1 erred in approvingly commenting on Crick's book The Astonishing Hypothesis.2 Rosenberg summarized the book's point as “there is no separate mind from the brain, the mind is the brain. Cartesian logic of a separate mind and brain is an archaic philosophical concept displaced by current functional magnetic resonance imaging, DBS [deep brain stimulation] studies, years of meticulous clinical-neuropathologic studies, and experimental neurophysiological animal studies that have proven that consciousness and mind are embedded into specific neuroanatomical arousal and behavioral circuits.”

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