ch 21 - Death and Grieving Defining Death Medical...

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Death and Grieving Defining Death Medical technology enables the continuation of life after brain death Brain death When electrical activity ceases in the brain after a certain amount of time Higher- cognition, personality, intelligence Lower- breathing, heartbeat Must have both functions in order to be classified as brain dead Siminoff Interviewed families of brain dead patients at a hospital Only 28% of families correctly understood the meaning of brain dead Confused with coma 63% did consider the patient dead but many continued to speak of family member if they were alive They are more likely to donate the persons organs Euthanasia Passive euthanasia is withholding treatment: stop breathing tube, etc. Active euthanasia is inducing deliberate death Trend is to accept passive type; active only legal in Oregon Right to choose position perspectives Medical – against active euthanasia, see to heal not suicide Legal – some states okay, not in most Individuals – want to have the right to die via active euthanasia
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSYCH 800 taught by Professor Armentrevieu during the Fall '07 term at The University of Akron.

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