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A. BYRNE, S. M. W. SALSICH, JR. not dealt with elsewhere and presents what we regard as the minimum requirements for proper legislation in this domain. I. The law can be interested in a person’s death for two very different kinds of reasons. (1) A person’s death represents a tearing of a large web of social relationships. Civil society has an interest in preventing this tear from causing a large scale unraveling of further relationships and in promoting the process of healthy growth of new relationships.
228-240). If inconclusive, vital organs may not be taken on this uncertain basis. 23 “An Appraisal of the Criteria of Cerebral Death” (1980) speaks of prerequisites to be met if use of the criteria is not to lead to an erroneous diagnosis of a dead brain. Having mentioned the factors which could lead to such errors, the “Appraisal” remarks: “However, the practicality of eliminating the presence of these factors may be questioned on the basis of the findings of this study” (Appraisal Summary, 1980, p.
Here the matter is addressed only to show that there is no natural stopping point once one has accepted a definition or general criterion of death based on the irreversible nonfunction of the brain. It seems certain that, within a year of any universal acceptance of such a definition or criterion, the drive for “cortical death” is fully underway, and plausibly enough, once man has been reduced to his functions [two more recent defenses of cortical death criteria are Veatch, 1989 and Gervais, 1986].
Beyond Brain Death - The Case Against Brain based Critieria for Human Death - Philosophy and Medicine Vol 66 by M. Potts, P.A. Byrne, R.G. Nilges