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Brain death and the vegetative state 

Brain death and the vegetative state
Brain death and the vegetative state

P.J. Hutchinson

and J.D. Pickard

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date: 28 September 2021

Death can be defined as the irreversible loss of the capacity for consciousness and brain stem function, combined with irreversible loss of the capacity to breathe. The irreversible cessation of brainstem function, whether caused by a primary intracranial catastrophe (e.g. trauma, haemorrhage) or the result of extracranial cranial events (e.g hypoxia), will result in the same clinical state, hence brain stem death is the same as death of the patient....

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