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Muir 50 Def. of death

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Brian Champagne 1/25/07 Annotated Bibliography on The Definition of Death Youngner, J. Stuart, Arnold, Robert, and Renie Schapiro. The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies . Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 1999. The book explains the complications and involved in creating a definition of death, and elaborates on the ethical perspectives of both death and life through the eyes of Americans, Christians, Jews and other international forces. Many Jews and Christians deny the neocortical view of death on the basis that personhood can still be maintained in the absence of consciousness. However, the whole brain criterion is still accepted by most Jews and Christians. The book also delves into the history of why the United States defines death as the “irreversible cessation of all functions of the brain.” Going back to the committee of Harvard Medical School professors who, in 1968, decided that the
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Unformatted text preview: whole brain criterion for death was justifiable and appropriate for America, this book outlines the reasons why that panel made their decision, citing both the need for more supply of organs and protecting doctors from being accused of murder. One particularly helpful section of the book introduces the steps a doctor takes for diagnosing brain death in a patient. I will use this book in my research paper as an additional resource for perspectives in the world on defining death, and as source for the process of diagnosing brain death. This book goes in depth on explaining higher brain vs. whole brain criterion for death which will be useful to me in my research. Furthermore, it outlines American citizens beliefs on death which is a unique section in relation to other books on brain death....
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