Brain Death: Ethical Considerations

Brain Death: Ethical Considerations (Paperback)

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 Brain Death: Ethical Considerations
Purdue University Press

Book Description

The traditional equation of the death of a person with irreversible cessation of cardiorespiratory function-the absence of heartbeat, pulse, or respiration-is being replaced by modern medicine with a definition of death in terms of irreversible destruction of function-brain death. In this book, the author thoughtfully and analytically surveys and evaluates the arguments for and against equating the death of a person with brain death. The ethical issues-both theoretical and practical-are explored against a rich and comprehensive background of current medical thought and practice and the most recent legal reasoning and opinion.

About the Author(s):

Douglas N. Walton (Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1972) is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg (Canada), and is the author of many works on informal logic, fallacies and argumentation