Landmark article Aug 5, 1968: A definition of irreversible coma. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to examine the definition of brain death

JAMA. 1984 Aug 3;252(5):677-9.

Abstract

KIE: The report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Death, originally published in the 5 August 1968 issue of JAMA, is reprinted as a landmark article. The report defines "irreversible coma" as a new criterion for death, lists steps to be taken by physicians to diagnose this condition, and mentions two early instances of the concept's appearance in judicial rulings.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Brain Death*
  • Coma / diagnosis
  • Coma / history*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Medical / history
  • United States