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Posted on May 18, 2019 at 1:43 PM

I recorded this brief video that explains why medical brain death is not legal brain death. 


Since most organ donors are not legally dead, there is widespread noncompliance with the dead donor rule. Consequently, we have three choices:

  1. Decide that the dead donor rule is not that important after all.
  2. Amend the medical criteria used to determine death to align with the legal standards in the UDDA.
  3. Amend the UDDA to recognize the legitimacy of prevailing medical criteria.

I recorded this while hiking the Michigan Sleeping Dunes. It summarizes the thesis of a forthcoming article.  




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