The brain and somatic integration: insights into the standard biological rationale for equating "brain death" with death.

@article{Shewmon2001TheBA,
  title={The brain and somatic integration: insights into the standard biological rationale for equating "brain death" with death.},
  author={Alan Shewmon},
  journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy},
  year={2001},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={457-78}
}
  • Alan Shewmon
  • Published 2001 in The Journal of medicine and philosophy
The mainstream rationale for equating "brain death" (BD) with death is that the brain confers integrative unity upon the body, transforming it from a mere collection of organs and tissues to an "organism as a whole." In support of this conclusion, the impressive list of the brain's myriad integrative functions is often cited. Upon closer examination, and… CONTINUE READING