Brain death worldwide

@article{Wijdicks2002BrainDW,
  title={Brain death worldwide},
  author={Eelco F. M. Wijdicks},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={2002},
  volume={58},
  pages={20 - 25}
}
Objective: To survey brain death criteria throughout the world. Background: The clinical diagnosis of brain death allows organ donation or withdrawal of support. Declaration of brain death follows a certain set of examinations. The code of practice throughout the world has not been systematically investigated. Methods: Brain death guidelines in adults in 80 countries were obtained through review of literature and legal standards and personal contacts with physicians. Results: Legal standards on… 
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