… The truth behind organ donation & organ transplants
An extract from a radio interview
Wendy Carlisle (radio host): So is brain death the death of the person, in your opinion?
Alan Shewmon (guest): I used to think that it was. But in fact, during the 1980s and early 90s I read a number of articles and gave lectures supporting that idea, and since then I have had to change my opinion about it due to an accumulation of evidence to the contrary. …
Wendy Carlisle: I think you’ve actually called somewhere the notion of brain death a medical fiction.
Alan Shewmon: A legal fiction.
Wendy Carlisle: A legal fiction. What does that mean, then, in your opinion for the whole donor debate?
Alan Shewmon: I guess it’s also a medical fiction. You’re right.
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics,
University of California (Los Angeles) School of Medicine
(From “All In the Mind”, Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Feb 2, 2003. Transcript viewed Dec 18, 2010 at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/mind/s746719.htm )
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