Brain Death in Practice — A Retrospective View

  • E.-O. Backlund
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 74)


In my country, Sweden, the concept of ‘brain death’ was not accepted formally by the law until 1988, after a long and partly heated debate, even an agitated dispute within the medical community itself. Now, after more than 10 years, the debate still has a tendency to flourish occasionally, and, interstingly, opinions thus expressed by the lay public have gradually influenced both the legislative process and the practice, for example the introduction of a voluntary Donor Card system.


Brain Death Universal Declaration Presume Consent Transplant Surgeon Organ Retrieval 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • E.-O. Backlund
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Neurosurgery SectionUniversity HospitalLinköpingSweden

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