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.