Is a Brain-Dead Body an Organism?

D. Alan Shewmon, MD

Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Chief, Neurology Department
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

German Ethics Council Bioethics Forum, Berlin
March 21, 2012


Definition of Death


“The  permanent  cessation of         functioning of the organism as a whole.”

Bernat et al., Ann Int Med 1981;94:389-94

Irreversible unconsciousness is not death.


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