JAMES L. BERNAT, M.D.; CHARLES M. CULVER, M.D., PH.D.; BERNARD GERT, PH.D.
To the editor: We appreciate the interest of Youngner and Bartlett (1) in our analysis of the definition of death (2, 3). We wish to point out several critical flaws in their argument that lead them to choose an incorrect definition.
Our definition was an effort to make explicit the ordinary meaning of the term "death" implicit in everyone's usage of the word. On the other hand, the definition of Youngner and Bartlett involves a radical change in the meaning of death. By their definition, people would be declared dead who are considered living by the law, culture, and tradition
BERNAT JL, CULVER CM, GERT B. Definition of Death. Ann Intern Med. ;100:456. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-3-456_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(3):456.
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