Redefining DeathPartial Revival of Pig Brains Raises Ethical and Existential Questions
Can brain cells be revived after death? Conventional wisdom says cells die quickly when deprived of oxygen, but researchers recently sparked cellular activity in brains of pigs killed hours earlier, raising new questions about our definitions of death.
Disorders of Consciousness: Brain Death, Coma, and the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious StatesReport on Progress
The authors present two scenarios on what are the disorders of consciousness: wakefulness, awareness, consciousness, coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, and brain death.
Brain Death in an Age of Heroic Medicine
When the technology of heart transplantation and life-support machines overtook the traditionally accepted criterion of death—cessation of heartbeat—an alternative criterion emerged. Irreversible loss of brain function, or “brain death,” for all the debates and recent attacks it has provoked, has worked well as a determinant of death, argues Dr. Guy McKhann.