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November 24, 1975

More on Brain Death

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. Dr. Mills is a member of the JAMA editorial board.

JAMA. 1975;234(8):838. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260210046022
Abstract

ON SEPT 27, 1974, the governor of California approved a new brain death statute. It states:

A person shall be pronounced dead if it is determined by a physician that the person has suffered a total and irreversible cessation of brain function. There shall be independent confirmation of the death by another physician.

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a physician from using other usual and customary procedures for determining death as the exclusive basis for pronouncing a person dead.

When a part of the donor is used for direct transplantation pursuant to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and the death of the donor is determined by determining that the person has suffered a total and irreversible cessation of brain function, there shall be an independent confirmation of the death by another physician. Neither the physician making the determination of death... nor the physician making the independent confirmation shall participate

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