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December 1982

Cerebral Death

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Utah School of Medicine Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Book Review Editor Department of Neurology University Hospitals Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(12):788. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510240050021

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The concept that a person is dead when the brain is dead has evolved rapidly over the relatively short time span of a few decades, and the evidence for its validity and reliability seems to be increasing. It has met with criticism and objections from the medical profession that have ranged from those with scientific merit to those based on emotions. The medical profession, however, seems to have assumed the lead in advancing the interests of the general public and recently presented a set of revised guidelines for the determination of death (JAMA 1981;246:2184-2186). The time may soon come when the concept is universally accepted as a fact.

This book reflects an ambitious attempt by the author to document the history and development of the concept and present its scientific, legal, and religious backgrounds to a wide range of readers in a comprehensible format. The author's personal interest in the

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