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Addendum to: As Good As Dead: Is There Really Such a Thing as Brain Death

This article reviews a longer article that deals with the questions of whether brain-death is actually a natural, biological state, or whether it is merely a legal fiction created for the purpose of legally allowing organ transplants.  He summarizes two arguments that have been made to support it being a natural biological state and identifies the weaknesses in each.  Ultimately, the author suggests that we should think of organ transplantation as a conscious choice by the patient or their family to terminate their life to save another, rather than insisting on waiting until after brain death, which the author seems to view as a somewhat arbitrary criterion.

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