Law And Death Definitions Notes
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Law and Death Definitions What is Death?
• The legal definition of death o Bland Lords Browne Wilkinson, Goff and Keith: • Brain stem death is the definition of death for the purposes of medicine and law o Since B is suffering from PVS and is not brain stem dead, he is therefore alive. o Re C (A Minor) (Medical Treatment) This probably therefore means that the legal definition of death will coincide with the medical one, • whatever the parents views, religious or otherwise, are on the subject.
• Alternative Definitions o Brain stem death DoH's Code of Practice: • Three requirements under o 1. The coma is not due to reversible causes, such as drug overdose o 2. It must be demonstrated that the several components of the brain stem have been permanently destroyed This significantly includes the respiratory centre o 3. It must be proved that the patient is unable to breathe spontaneously • The code suggests that two medical practitioners registered for more than five years and are specialists in the field should agree there is brain death, before pronouncing it.
• Brain stem death o Caudal lowest part of brain connecting spinal cord with rest of brain o DOH: on diagnosis of brain stem death Irreversible causes Several component permanently destroyed Unable to breathe spontaneously 2 experts agree o Why this?
Shewmon: Loss of integrated whole - if you lose stem then body and brain no longer works together Lizza: if anything entails one's death, decapitation certainly does, despite whatever artificial support might be given to sustain one's decapitated body as an integrated organism • Thus if we are willing to accept decapitation as death, we should also be willing to accept physiological decapitation (total brain failure) as death o Objections Miller and Truog: • Chicken might still run around when decapitated, but we know its dead really. • How about the pregnant dead?
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