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Brain Death Resources

In light of the documented variability in the conduct of brain death evaluations around the country, and the ultra-high stakes, it’s extremely important for residents to know how to do this correctly. I recently became aware of a brain death … Continue reading

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Nevada, Brain Death, and the AAN Guidelines–part 2

The last post discussed the first concern that the Nevada supreme court had regarding the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) guidelines on brain death–that they may not qualify as an “accepted medical standard” as required by the Uniform Determination of … Continue reading

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Nevada Supreme Court Questions AAN Brain Death Criteria

Confronted with just about any clinical question, my general practice is to first1After proceeding through the traditional neurological formulation, of course. consider whether there is high-quality evidence to guide decision-making. The best place to search for such evidence is in … Continue reading

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An Aristotelian Take on Brain Death

In a recent post, I summarized two opposing arguments over the concept of brain death. The minority view, (re-)articulated by Dr. Alan Shewmon in the context of the Jahi McMath case, is that the concept is philosophically incoherent. People with total … Continue reading

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Jahi McMath and the Philosophical Debate over Brain Death

Many readers will be familiar with the case of Jahi McMath. She was 13 years old in December, 2013 when admitted to a children’s hospital in Oakland, CA for tonsillectomy and other surgical interventions for obstructive sleep apnea. She recovered … Continue reading

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