p. 57217. The Diagnosis of Death
- G. T. Laurie, G. T. LaurieProfessor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh
- S. H. E. HarmonS. H. E. HarmonHonorary Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh
- and E. S. DoveE. S. DoveLecturer in Risk and Regulation at the University of Edinburgh
This chapter begins with a discussion of concepts of death. It considers the mostly philosophical arguments against the use of the term ‘brain death’ as applied to the person and then explains the medico-legal effects of applying brainstem death criteria. The chapter also discusses post-mortem pregnancy.