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January 11, 1980

Brain Death: Interrelated Medical and Social Issues

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Chicago

 

(Ann NY Acad Sci, vol 315, conference, New York, Nov 16-18, 1977), Julius Korein, ed, 454 pp, with illus, $59, New York, New York Academy of Sciences, 1978.

JAMA. 1980;243(2):169-170. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300280059038

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Abstract

This volume represents an outstanding collaboration by leading figures in the neurosciences who, in a three-day conference sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York Blood Center Inc, attempted to define, delineate, and then develop a series of criteria for the physician to use in determining that a person is dead when his brain is adjudged as dead. Prom their efforts emerge a recognition and an understanding of those criteria.

Interest in this subject is high and has been heightened by numerous, even too many, definitions and delineations advanced by physicians from various parts of this country. So it seemed feasible that a wiser overview could be achieved from one platform where efforts could be pooled and conclusions reached. This was the thrust of the conference.

There are eight parts to this tome, each a most interesting and lucid effort by an equally concise and lucid

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