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New President's Council Report on Brain Death

Posted Jan 14 2009 5:55pm
The President's Council on Bioethics has released its 168-page white paper on brain death, titled Controversies in the Determination of Death.
In the cover letter to the President, the Chair explains "After reviewing the relevant literature and the testimony of many experts, followed by intensive discussion between and among its members, the Council has concluded that the neurological standard remains valid. Some Council members, however, believe that a better philosophical rationale than the one proposed by the President’s Commission of 1981 should be adopted. A few Council members argue that there is sufficient uncertainty about the neurological standard to warrant an alternative approach to the care of the “brain dead” human being and the question of organ procurement."
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