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Posted on July 30, 2019 at 12:22 PM

The December 2020 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics will investigate some of the ethical, social, and legal complexities of determining and declaring brain death. Consider submitting for this special issue on “Socially Situated Brain Death.”


In 1980, the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) defined death as “irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory function or irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brainstem in accordance with accepted medical standards.” Interpreting and applying the UDDA definition and the clinical standards for death by neurological criteria are socially situated practices sometimes fraught with uncertainty and ambiguity. 


Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow Instructions for Authors and be submitted by 27 November 2019.


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