Robert Baker, PhD
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To the Editor: Should the requirements for research on brain-dead patients be more stringent than those for brain-alive but incompetent patients? La Puma (1) raises this question in his editorial on an experiment Coller and colleagues (2) did using the circulatory and hematologic systems of a 78-year-old brain-dead patient. The experiment not only conformed to current U.S. guidelines (3) for research on human subjects, it satisfied a set of more stringent conditions Coller proposed for experimentation on "neomorts"—including an exclusion for donors of organs.
La Puma argues that even these strictures are "not enough" and urges the need for more
Baker R. Research on Brain-Dead Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1989;110:88. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-1-88_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(1):88.
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