JAMES L. BERNAT, M.D.; CHARLES M. CULVER, M.D., PH.D.; BERNARD GERT, PH.D.
To the editor: Capron and Lynn (1) claim that there is no significant difference between a statute such as the Uniform Determination of Death Act, which presents "both cardiopulmonary and neurologic criteria with relegation of the unitary conception of death to the commentary," and a statute that "begins with a 'unitary' definition of death in terms of brain functions that is then converted into a 'binary' definition by further statutory provisions," such as those proposed by the Law Reform Commission of Canada (2) and ourselves (3). We believe that this claim fails to recognize the important difference between a criterion
BERNAT JL, CULVER CM, GERT B. Definition of Death. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:652. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-5-652_1
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