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Brain Death

"Brain Death" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A state of prolonged irreversible cessation of all brain activity, including lower brain stem function with the complete absence of voluntary movements, responses to stimuli, brain stem reflexes, and spontaneous respirations. Reversible conditions which mimic this clinical state (e.g., sedative overdose, hypothermia, etc.) are excluded prior to making the determination of brain death. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp348-9)


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Brain Death" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Brain Death" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 173 publications over 29 distinct years, with a maximum of 13 publications in 2009 and 2012
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