Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness

  • Calixto Machado
  • D. Alan Shewmon
Conference proceedings

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 550)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Philosophical, Ethical, and Legal Issues

    1. Julius Korein, Calixto Machado
      Pages 1-14
    2. Jean-Michel Guérit
      Pages 15-21
    3. Paul A. Byrne, Walt F. Weaver
      Pages 43-49
    4. Josef Seifert
      Pages 61-78
    5. James J. Hughes
      Pages 79-87
    6. D. Alan Shewmon, Elisabeth Seitz Shewmon
      Pages 89-114
    7. Pim van Lommel
      Pages 115-132
    8. Z. Harry Rappaport, Isabelle T. Rappaport
      Pages 133-137
    9. Calixto Machado, Mayda Abeledo, Carlos Álvarez, Rosa M. Aroche, Irene Barrios, Alicia M. Lasanta et al.
      Pages 139-142
  3. Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment

    1. Maxwell S. Damian
      Pages 143-150
    2. Christoph J. G. Lang, Josef G. Heckmann
      Pages 169-174
    3. Enrico Facco, Calixto Machado
      Pages 175-187
    4. George J. Brandon Bravo Bruinsma, Cees J. A. van Echteld
      Pages 197-205
    5. Philippe Hantson
      Pages 207-213
    6. D. Alan Shewmon
      Pages 215-228
    7. Steven Laureys, Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville, Xavier De Tiège, Philippe Peigneux, Jacques Berré, Gustave Moonen et al.
      Pages 229-238
    8. David I. Pincus
      Pages 239-253
    9. Terri A. Schmidt, Susan E. Hickman, Susan W. Tolle
      Pages 255-262
    10. Paul C. Rousseau
      Pages 263-267
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 269-287

About these proceedings


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 electroencephalography (EEG) intracranial pressure neuroprotection physiology spinal cord transplantation

Editors and affiliations

  • Calixto Machado
    • 1
  • D. Alan Shewmon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Neurology and NeurosurgeryHavanaCuba
  2. 2.David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-0976-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48526-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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