ALEXANDER M. CAPRON, LL.B.; JOANNE LYNN, M.D.
To the editor: Bernat and associates (1) have done a great service in reminding the medical profession of the need to update the law on the standards for determining death (1). We agree, as stated both personally (2, 3) and in a draft report on "Denning Death" approved last November by the President's Commission, with what we take to be their four major points: First, that death occurs only on the irreversible cessation of the integrated functioning of the organism as a whole; second, that such cessation does not occur merely with the loss of neocortical functions when other functions
CAPRON AM, LYNN J. Definition of Death. Ann Intern Med. ;95:236–237. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-236_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):236-237.
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