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08/14/2008

Should We Change the Definition of Death? Watch the Video…

Today’s, New England Journal of Medicine published a report of successful pediatric heart transplantation from donors who suffered cardiac death. Part of their paper argues that using circulatory system failures as a definition of death would open up a significantly larger portion of cadavers available to donate organs.

To hear the ethics debate about this paper and the arguments surrounding cardiac death as a definition for death, check out NEJM’s Perspective Roundtable on video.

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