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International Workshop of Bioethics on “Brain Death and Organ Donation: Ethical and Scientific Issues” Viareggio,   Septem...
<ul><li>Brain death criteria have served as a useful function in protecting patients in the context of organ procurement a...
Workshop Recommendations <ul><li>Avoid misunderstanding widly diffused among the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep open discu...
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International Workshop of Bioethics on “Brain Death and Organ Donation: Ethical and Scientific Issues”

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International Workshop of Bioethics on “Brain Death and Organ Donation: Ethical and Scientific Issues”, di G. Boniolo, H.R. Doyle, B. Fantini, J. Harris, I.R. Marino,
T. Powell, M.C. Tallacchini, R. D. Truog, S. J. Youngner

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International Workshop of Bioethics on “Brain Death and Organ Donation: Ethical and Scientific Issues”

  1. 1. International Workshop of Bioethics on “Brain Death and Organ Donation: Ethical and Scientific Issues” Viareggio, September 24, 2009 G. Boniolo, H.R. Doyle, B. Fantini, J. Harris, I.R. Marino, T. Powell, M.C. Tallacchini, R. D. Truog, S. J. Youngner
  2. 2. <ul><li>Brain death criteria have served as a useful function in protecting patients in the context of organ procurement and transplantation. </li></ul><ul><li>We are still learning about brain death (clinically, legally, socially) and how it evolves in relation to differences due to culture, religion, etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, we should avoid commitment to rigid orthodoxy and keep an open mind. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a young field that was the result of new biomedical technology and knowledge. </li></ul>Workshop Conclusions
  3. 3. Workshop Recommendations <ul><li>Avoid misunderstanding widly diffused among the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep open discussion with the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop multidisciplinary analyses on the different issues raised by brain death. </li></ul><ul><li>Reconsider the rigid definitions (“ irreversible”, “entire functions”, “entire brain ”), as they are impossible to put into clinical practice today. </li></ul>

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