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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-81

Brain stem death: Critics and ethics

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Prof. Puneet Dhar
AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AMJM.AMJM_30_20

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Evolution of brain stem death certification has been linked to potential for organ donation. This has caused considerable legal and ethical controversies which are outlined. These include differences in the mode of death, challenge to irreversibilty of death; absence of laws to deal with withdrawal of support unless for organ donation, and clinical documentation of cardiac rather than brain stem death. Other legal, economic and ethical issues are discussed.

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