- Topics in Medical Ethics Lecture Series
Recently, prominent ethicists have challenged the validity of long-established brain death criteria and argued that the dead donor rule for transplantation should be abandoned. In this talk, Professor Moschella will review recent clinical cases, scientific developments, and ethical arguments that bear on these questions. She will argue, against a growing tide of professional opinion, that brain death really is death and that, therefore, the dead donor rule is well justified. She will briefly explore whether an alternative ethical justification could be given for removing vital organs from imminently-dying, life-support-dependent patients.