Reexamining death. The asymptotic model and a bounded zone definition

Hastings Cent Rep. 1995 Jul-Aug;25(4):27-35.


The traditional Western understanding of life and death as a strict dichotomy is challenged by a more descriptively accurate model of life's progressive cessation. Dying can be defined by a bounded zone of residual states of life that fits better with moral intuition and more sensitively guides action toward the dying.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Death*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Personhood*
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Values
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement
  • Uncertainty
  • Value of Life
  • Withholding Treatment