How Does Brain Death Successfully? Essay

1515 Words Oct 6th, 2014 7 Pages
The absence of life of an organism; permanent ending of vital processes in a cell or tissue; separation of the soul and the body; the cessation of breathing and the cessation of life, we have all heard one or more definitions of death. The real problem arises in assembling all the broken meanings of this feared state of our lives. Defining death is not merely an issue of describing this simple term; death has greater deep-rooted consequences in emergency rooms of hospitals where technology has enabled us to reflect on a new dimension of death – brain death as opposed to the cessation of cardiovascular function. In this essay, I aim to focus on how brain death successfully determines the occurrence of death and that such neurologically determined death is closely related to Pojman’s Whole Brain View (i.e., unresponsiveness, no movement or breathing, no reflexes and a flat line EEG). Furthermore, I intend to oppose the view of using artificial ventilation as this assisted respiration is superfluous when a person is declared brain dead unless it is being carried out for organ donation.
We would all hope that death means the same to a cardiologist, a cell biologist and a neurologist. However, with advancements in biomedical technology, the human body can be kept alive almost indefinitely, making death more and more difficult to define. Death to a cardiologist means that one’s heart has stopped beating and cannot be revived. To a neurologist, it might mean the end of the…

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