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July 1970

The Moment of Death: A Symposium.

Arch Neurol. 1970;23(1):93. doi:10.1001/archneur.1970.00480250097017

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Two contemporary scientific advances have forced upon society the necessity to reconsider the criteria for establishing the moment of death. New effective means for artificially supporting circulation and respiration now make it possible for these "vital" functions to be preserved for hours or days after the brain has been irreparably destroyed. The development of organ transplant as a method of preserving human life makes the removal of viable organs desirable as soon as possible after the death of the donor.

Practical and ethical considerations require that there be a consensus regarding the moment of death. The Moment of Death is the report of a symposium to consider this problem. It presents the views of Irving S. Wright, MD, internist; Earl A. Walker, MD, neurosurgeon; Joseph J. Timmes, MD,

cardiac surgeon; Edsin H. Albano, MD, New Jersey Medical Examiner; and Arthur J. Sills, attorney.

Among this group, there appears to be

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