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"What is considered so essential to human life such that when it is lost we consider the individual dead?" This opening philosophical question sets the focus of Lamb's short but illuminating treatise on brain death and ethics. The book is a collection of the author's lectures and essays brought together as a continuing philosophical inquiry into the concept of death, how it is defined, the relation between death and brain death, and the ethical issues raised by this relation.
What Lamb initially sets out to do—establish death of the brain stem as the death of the individual organism—is today a
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Death, Brain Death and Ethics.. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:594-595. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-4-594_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(4):594-595.
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