Medical and legal considerations of brain death

  title={Medical and legal considerations of brain death},
  author={Tarja Randell},
  journal={Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  • T. Randell
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Medicine
  • Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Brain death was first defined in 1968, and since then laws on determining death have been implemented in all countries with active organ transplantation programs. As a prerequisite, the aetiology of brain death has to be known, and all reversible causes of coma have to be excluded. The regulations for the diagnosis of brain death are most commonly given by the national medical associations, and they vary between countries. Thus, the guidelines given in the medical textbooks are not universally… 

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