Morte cerebral: uma reportagem
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Morte cerebral: uma reportagem

Ricardo Lombardi

27 de abril de 2010 | 15h51

capa2001111Do meu arquivo de boas reportagens, resgatei uma longa matéria de Gary Greenberg para a New Yorker sobre morte cerebral. Foi publicada em 2001, mas coloco aqui para quem perdeu: “As good as dead — Is there really such a thing as brain death?“. Um trecho:

“(…) Confusion about the concept of brain death is not unusual, even among the transplant professionals, surgeons, neurologists, and bioethicists who grapple with it regularly. Brain death is confusing because it’s an artificial distinction constructed, more than thirty years ago, on a conceptual foundation that is unsound. Recently, some physicians have begun to suggest that brain-dead patients aren’t really dead at all—that the concept is just the medical profession’s way of dodging ethical questions about a practice that saves more than fifteen thousand lives a year. (…)”