Akira Akabayashi, MD; Masahiro Morioka, MA
To the Editor: The article by Dr. Coller and colleagues (1) and the editorial by Dr. La Puma (2) raise important ethical issues concerning the use of "neomorts." This issue has been raised in the United States and France (2); readers may also wish to know the present status of this problem in Japan.
Determination of death based on brain death and organ procurement from the brain-dead are still in question in Japan, and heart and liver transplantations are not done. A few years ago, techniques for prolonging the biological function of the brain-dead (average, 3 weeks) were developed by
Akabayashi A, Morioka M. Research on Dead Persons. Ann Intern Med. ;111:89–90. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-1-89
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(1):89-90.
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