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={D. Alan Shewmon},
  journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy},
  year={2001},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={
          457-78
        }
}
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 after operational definition of terms, however, one discovers that most integrative functions of the brain are actually not somatically… CONTINUE READING

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