The Signs of Death

Proceedings of Working Group
11-12 September 2006
Scripta Varia 110 | Vatican City, 2007
pp. XCIV-466 | ISBN 88-7761-090-4


What is not Brain Death: the Vegetative State and Movements in Brain Death

Conrado J. Estol

The Minimally Conscious State: Neuroimaging and Regeneration

Stephen Davis

The Clinical Criteria of Brain Death Throughout the World

Eelco F.M. Wijdicks

Neurophysiological Signs of Brain Death (EEG & Evoked Potentials): Are They Safe & Reliable?

Paolo M. Rossini

Human Brain, Functional Organisation, Altered States of Consciousness and the Assessment of Brain Death

Marcus E. Raichle

Brain Death – An Artifact Created by Critical Care Medicine or the Death of the Brain Has Always Been the Death of the Individuum

Werner Hacke

Surviving Areas of Brain Tissue in Brain Death: Is the Whole More Than the Sum of its Parts?

Michael G. Hennerici

Alleged Awakenings from Prolonged Coma and Brain Death and Delivery of Live Babies from Brain-Dead Mothers do not Negate Brain Death

Jerome B. Posner

Is Brain Death the Death of the Human Being? On the Current State of the Debate

Robert Spaemann

How do Physicians Prove Irreversibility in the Determination of Death?

James L. Bernat

The Neurologist’s View on the Determination of Brain Death

Lüder Deecke

The Assessment of Coma Outcome by the Use of Multimodal MR and Proportionality of Care in Neuro-Injured Patients

Louis Puybasset

Determination of Death. New Guidelines in Switzerland

Heinrich P. Mattle

The Historical Evolution of Brain Death from Former Definitions of Death: The Harvard Criteria to the Present

Robert B. Daroff

Neuroimaging: a Window into Total Brain Destruction and the Unresponsive States

José C. Masdeu

The Apnea Test and Rationale for Brain Death as Death

Allan H. Ropper

Mental Disconnect: ‘Physiological Decapitation’ as a Heuristic for Understanding ‘Brain Death’

D. Alan Shewmon