Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness

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Calixto Machado, D. Alan Shewmon
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 31, 2004 - Medical - 288 pages
Although some decades have passed, there are still worldwide controversies about a concept of human death on neurological grounds. There are also disagreements on the diagnostic criteria for brain death, whether clinical alone or clinical plus ancillary tests. Moreover, some scholars who were strong defenders of a brain-based standard of death are now favoring a circulatory-respiratory standard. The study of coma is extremely important because lesions of the brain are responsible for quality of life in patients or cause of death. The main goal of Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness is to provide a suitable scientific platform to discuss all topics related to human death and coma.
 

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Contents

Updating a valid concept for 2004
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THE CONCEPT OF BRAIN DEATH
7
Lessons from the lowly spinal cord
15
BRAIN DEATH IS NOT DEATH
35
Loss of organic integration or loss of consciousness?
43
CONSCIOUSNESS MIND BRAIN AND DEATH
53
THE DEATH OF DEATH
71
THE SEMIOTICS OF DEATH AND ITS MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS
81
ON IRREVERSIBILITY AS A PREREQUISITE FOR BRAIN DEATH DETERMINATION
153
HOW SHOULD TESTING FOR APNEA BE PERFORMED IN DIAGNOSING BRAIN DEATH?
161
EVOKED POTENTIALS IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF BRAIN DEATH
167
A case report demonstrating superiority of median somatosensory evoked potentials over EEG in predicting a favorable outcome after cardiopulmon...
181
HUMAN BRAINDEAD DONORS AND łąP MRS STUDIES ON FELINE MYOCARDIAL ENERGY METABOLISM
189
An update with recent literature data
199
Problems of definition
207
BRAIN FUNCTION IN THE VEGETATIVE STATE
221

ABOUT THE CONTINUITY OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS
107
Concepts and principles in Judaism
125
CUBA HAS PASSED A LAW FOR THE DETERMINATION AND CERTIFICATION OF DEATH
131
Changing times for cerebral resuscitation
135
CONTROLLED HYPERTENSION FOR REFRACTORY HIGH INTRACRANIAL PRESSURE
143
Appreciating the perspectives of place and process
231
The Oregon Physician Orders for LifeSustaining Treatment POLST program
247
PALLIATIVE SEDATION IN TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS
255
INDEX
261
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