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Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1401
  1. Carl Gray (, director of pathology
  1. Harrogate District Hospital

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    Margaret Lock

    University of California Press, $24.95/£17.95, pp 429

    ISBN 0 529 22814 6

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    Perhaps most British doctors feel that the subject of brain death is complete. Surely Christopher Pallis and his colleagues did a good job 15 years ago in defining the clinical criteria for diagnosing brain stem death (Medico-Legal Journal 1987;2:84-104). These have proved well defined and robust in practice. British procedures for obtaining organs and tissues from donors are careful and dignified. Transplantation is necessarily a good thing. We sympathise with relatives of the tragically dead and their predicament in contemplating organ harvesting from the loved one. …

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