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By Richard M. Zaner (auth.), Richard M. Zaner Ph.D. (eds.)

From the tone of the file by means of the President's fee for the learn of moral difficulties in drugs and Biomedical and Behavioral Re­ seek, one may finish that the whole-brain-oriented definition of demise is now firmly verified as an everlasting section of public coverage. In that document, Defining demise: scientific, criminal and moral concerns within the selection of dying, the President's fee forwarded a uni­ shape selection of demise act, which laid heavy accessory at the signifi­ cance of the mind stem in selecting no matter if a person is alive or lifeless: somebody who has sustained both (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiration capabilities, or (2) irreversible cessation of all features of the complete mind, together with the mind stem, is useless. A choice of demise needs to be made in response to authorised clinical criteria ([1], p. 2). The plausibility of those standards is undermined once one confronts the query of the extent of remedy that should be supplied to human our bodies that experience completely misplaced recognition yet whose mind stems are nonetheless functioning.

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National Library of Medicine. BACK FROM THE GRAVE 33 34 MARTIN S. PERNICK BACK FROM THE GRAVE 35 The most widely adopted legislation required some form of death certificate prior to burial. Such laws came in many varieties and served several different purposes. In nineteenth-century Britain and in most American jurisdictions, the primary purpose was to collect vital statistics. A physician might be required to fill out a certificate giving a medical cause of death, but need not have actually examined the patient ([227], pp.

Bichat observed that, after a stroke, "the patient may live internally for several days after he has ceased to exist beyond himself," a remarkably evocative description of what we might diagnose as the "locked-in syndrome" ([213], p. 11). His decentralized concept of the organism was extended even further with the mid-nineteenth-century promUlgation of the cell theory ([96], Vol. 2, pp. ). Not all early-nineteenth-century physiologists accepted the concept of individual death as a gradual, decentralized, and segmented process.

34; [179]). Doctors investigated published accounts of premature burials and declared them fraudulent [15], ([238], p. 44), or subject to alternative explanations. The sounds of movement heard inside coffins, the positional changes found in disinterred corpses, were attributed to vandalism, decomposition, rats, and other natural phenomena, rather than to the supposed struggles of the deceased ([26], p. 32; [99], p. 100; [137], p. 17). While some professional leaders did use public belief in premature burial to attack irregular healers and lay coroners as dangerously incompetent, the medical majority, composed of ordinary general practitioners, feared that elite specialists could use the same argument against them.

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