Brain Death Revisited: The Case for a National Standard
Article first published online: 2 DEC 2008
© 2008 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 824–836, Winter 2008
How to Cite
Choi, E.-K., Fredland, V., Zachodni, C., Lammers, J. E., Bledsoe, P. and Helft, P. R. (2008), Brain Death Revisited: The Case for a National Standard. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 36: 824–836. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.00340.x
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 2 DEC 2008
The concept of brain death — first defined decades ago — still presents medical, ethical, and legal challenges despite its widespread acceptance in clinical practice and in law. This article reviews the medicine, law, and ethics of brain death, including the current inconsistencies in brain death determinations, which a lack of standardized federal policy promotes, and argues that a standard brain death policy to be used by all hospitals in all states should be created.