Beyond Brain Death: The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death
ISBN/ASIN: 9780792365785,9780306468827,0306468824,079236578X | 2002 | English | pdf | 274/272 pages | 1.40 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Michael Potts, Paul A. Byrne, Richard G. Nilges (auth.) | Edition: 1
Beyond Brain Death offers a provocative challenge to one of the most widely accepted conclusions of contemporary bioethics: the position that brain death marks the death of the human person. Eleven chapters by physicians, philosophers, and theologians present the case against brain-based criteria for human death. Each author believes that this position calls into question the moral acceptability of the transplantation of unpaired vital organs from brain-dead patients who have continuing function of the circulatory system. One strength of the book is its international approach to the question: contributors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, and Japan. This book will appeal to a wide audience, including physicians and other health care professionals, philosophers, theologians, medical sociologists, and social workers.