Clinical and Legal Perspectives on Brain Death: Stahl and Tomlinson - Episode 11

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What does it mean to declare brain death in the clinical setting? How does the language we use surrounding death complicate these situations? What beliefs and philosophies exist regarding what constitutes the death of a person?

This episode features Dr. Devan Stahl, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Dr. Tom Tomlinson, Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. They discuss these questions and more from both clinical ethics and philosophical perspectives. They also go over the history of how brain death came to be defined in the United States, and discuss some cases in the news from recent years.

This episode was produced and edited by Liz McDaniel in the Center for Ethics. Music: "While We Walk (2004)" by Antony Raijekov via Free Music Archive, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. A full episode transcript is available at bioethics.msu.edu.