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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.
|Keywords:||Irreversible coma; brain trauma; unconsciousness; subdural hematoma; subdural hemorrhage; meninges; reticular activating system; organ donation|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Legal issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Clinical education|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Medicine (General) Neuroscience Psychology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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