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In the 20 years since criteria of death based on the condition of the whole brain were first proposed, they have found widespread acceptance. Forty states now recognize in statute or court decisions that death has occurred when the whole brain has been irreversibly destroyed, regardless of the artificial maintenance of cardiopulmonaryfunction.
Underneath this placid surface, there have been two important criticisms of the consensus around whole-brain death criteria: that the new use of whole-brain rather than traditional cardiopulmonary criteria of death has introduced a new concept of death, despite reassuring arguments to the contrary; and that an adequate concept
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Redefining Death.. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:789. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-5-789_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(5):789.
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