The Issue of Death and End of Life

  • Krzysztof Kusza
  • Jacek B. Cywinski
  • Marc J. Popovich


This chapter will provide an overview of the concept of human death, highlighting sociological and philosophical controversies related to definition of the death. Currently acceptable medical diagnostic criteria of the brain death will be revived in the context of organ donation. Lastly the concept of donation after cardiac death will be reviewed with associated ethical controversies.


Organ Donation Brain Death Brain Damage Diagnostic Protocol Human Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Kusza
  • Jacek B. Cywinski
    • 1
  • Marc J. Popovich
  1. 1.Department of General AnesthesiologyCleveland Clinic Foundation, Anesthesiology InstituteClevelandUSA

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