On this page I have collected some key legal resources concerning "total brain failure," a clinical diagnosis that is legally sufficient for the determination of death by neurological criteria ("brain death").
New Legal Guidelines for Determination of Brain Death, 14(3) JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY (2017).
Brain Death Forsaken: Growing Conflict and New Legal Challenge, 37 JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE (forthcoming 2017).
Physician Power to Declare Death by Neurologic Criteria Threatened, 26 NEUROCRITICAL CARE (2017) (with Ariane Lewis).
Legal Standards for Brain Death, 13 JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY 173-178 (2016). Brain Death: Legal Duties to Accommodate Religious Objections, 148(2) CHEST e69 (2015). Brain Death Rejected: Expanding Legal Duties to Accommodate Religious Objections, in LAW, RELIGION, AND AMERICAN HEALTH CARE (Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017) (proceedings from 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference at Harvard Law). Brain Death: Legal Obligations and the Courts, 35(2) SEMINARS IN CLINICAL NEUROLOGY: THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF BRAIN DEATH DETERMINATION 174-179 (2015) (with Christopher M. Burkle). Legal Briefing: Brain Death and Total Brain Failure, 25(3) JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ETHICS 245-257 (2014). Pregnant and Dead in Texas: A Bad Law, Badly Interpreted, LOS ANGELES TIMES (Jan. 16. 2014) (with Art Caplan). Legal Briefing: Organ Donation, 21(3) J. CLINICAL ETHICS 243-263 (2010).