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Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness : Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Calixto Machado

Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

By: Calixto Machado (Editor), D. Alan Shewmon (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9780306484827
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Brain Death: Updating a Valid Concept for 2004p. 1
The Concept of Brain Deathp. 15
The "Critical Organ" for the Organism as a Whole: Lessons from the Lowly Spinal Cordp. 23
"Brain Death" Is Not Deathp. 43
The Conceptual Basis for Brain Death Revisited: Loss of Organic Integration or Loss of Consciousness?p. 51
Consciousness, Mind, Brain, and Deathp. 61
The Death of Deathp. 79
The Semiotics of Death and Its Medical Implicationsp. 89
About the Continuity for Our Consciousnessp. 115
Brain Death and Organ Transplantation: Concepts and Principles in Judaismp. 133
Cuba Has Passed a Law for the Determination and Certification of Deathp. 139
Neuroprotection Becomes Reality: Changing Times for Cerebral Resuscitationp. 143
Controlled Hypertension for Refractory High Intracranial Pressurep. 151
On Irreversibility as a Prerequisite for Brain Death Determinationp. 161
How Should Testing for Apnea Be Performed in Diagnosing Brain Death?p. 169
Evoked Potentials in the Diagnosis of Brain Deathp. 175
Recovery from Near Death following Cerebral Anoxia: A Case Report Demonstrating Superiority of Median Somatosensory Evoked Potentials over EEG in Predicting a Favorable Outcome after Cardiopulmonary Resuscitationp. 189
Human Brain-Dead Donors and [superscript 31]P MRS Studies on Feline Myocardial Energy Metabolismp. 197
Organ Donation after Fatal Poisoning: An Update with Recent Literature Datap. 207
The ABC of PVS: Problems of Definitionp. 215
Brain Function in the Vegetative Statep. 229
Global Neurodynamics and Deep Brain Stimulation: Appreciating the Perspectives of Place and Processp. 239
Honoring Treatment Preferences near the End of Life: The Oregon Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Programp. 255
Palliative Sedation in Terminally Ill Patientsp. 263
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780306484827
ISBN-10: 030648482X
Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.64