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Rosemary Martin
School of Medicine / Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The Australian National Univerity
Kate-tastrophy: A Case Study in Brain Death

In this interrupted case, students examine the concept of unconsciousness and develop an understanding of how clinicians diagnose death. Developed for a freshman course in human biology, the case focuses on brain death, but raises related issues, including organ donation. With some modifications, the case could be used in a neurobiology or psychology course, or in a philosophy or ethics course.