A time of death is called by a medical doctor or qualified medical examiner. This is listed as an official death on a death certificate.
Other proclamations of death do not carry legal weight.
The common sense definition of death is - lack of respiratory function and the stopping of the heart. Extraordinary measures can keep inflating the lungs and the heart can be kept beating by electrical measures, so some people say death occurs when the brain no longer functions.
Existentially, death is a concept and nothing is ever really dead. At the atomic level, life goes on - even in inanimate objects.
Religiously, death is a concept where the 'spirit' leaves the body. What and where this spirit is, is subject to religious doctrine.
People have been trying to define death for as long as life has existed.
Some people say that a person is dead when his/her brain stops functioning. I would like to see literature on how many people had been revived to life after his brain stopped working.
There is a medical and practical benefit from the above view that death occurs when the brain had stopped functioning. At this point the heart is still beating. This heart can be harvested and transplanted to a person in need of heart transplant. There is a higher probability that such heart so transplanted will work.
We divert to the heart problem a little bit. There should be no need for heart transplant in the first place. That is, if we can prevent or cure heart disease, myocardial ischemia. This is now highly probable with the free radical theories of heart disease. Heart disease can be prevented with the use of antioxidants. Plaque in heart arteries can be reversed with chelation therapy. There is a higher prospect of longer life with this therapy than with either angioplasty or heart artery bypass surgery. Chelation therapy is non invasive and the survival rate is much higher.
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