Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies

The authors recognize in their analyses that the definition of death is as much a social or value construct as a scientific one.
This book about brain death is as much to do with legal and philosophical considerations, public attitudes and public policy as with clinical aspects. It arose out of a conference in 1995, but is much more scholarly and coherent than a conference proceedings—with authors referring to each others' chapters and the Editors writing an introductory commentary to each group of chapters. Each chapter has its own reference list and all are well written, making the book as a whole a rewarding read. Its focus is on the US, but there are chapters on specific public policy problems in Denmark, Germany and Japan.
This book is an excellent compilation of articles stating the present position in relation to brain death and clearly demonstrates the ethical dilemmas surrounding the concept of death and its determination in practice. It can be wholeheartedly recommended to those interested in brain death from almost any perspective." -- Journal of Medical Ethics

Book details:
Author:Stuart J. Youngner, Robert M. Arnold and Renie Schapiro.

Publisher:The Johns Hopkins University Press; New Ed edition (October 14, 2002)





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