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Beyond Brain Death: The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death

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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.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgments
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MICHAEL POTTS, PAUL A. BYRNE, AND RICHARD G. NILGES/ Introduction: Beyond Brain Death1 PAUL A. BYRNE, SEAN O’REILLY, PAUL M. QUAY, AND PETER W. SALSICH, JR./Brain Death—The Patient, the Physician, and Society 21 DAVID ALBERT JONES, O.P./Metaphysical Misgivings about “Brain Death” 91 MICHAEL POTTS/ProLife Support of the Whole Brain Death Criteria: 121 A problem of Consistency 139 DAVID W. EVANS/The Demise of “Brain Death” in Britain DAVID J. HILL / Brain Stem Death: A United Kingdom Anaesthetist’s View 159 YOSHIO WATANABE/Brain Death and Cardiac Transplantation: Historical Background and Unsettled Controversies in Japan 171 TOMOKO ABE/Philosophical and Cultural Attitudes Against Brain Death and Organ Transplantation in Japan 191 JOSEF SEIFERT/201Brain Death and Euthanasia MARK HAVERLAND/The Moment of Death and the Morally Safer Path 229 MARTYN EVANS AND MICHAEL POTTS/A Narrative Case Against Brain Death 237 RICHARD G. NILGES/Organ Transplantation, Brain Death, and the Slippery Slope: A Neurosurgeon’s Perspective 249
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
INDEX OF NAMES
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