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Medical, Legal, Ethical and Cultural Definitions of Death

Can you give a definition of death from a medical, legal, and ethical perspective? Describe how people in at least one other culture define/explain death.

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for your trust. In this particular problem, the idea is straightforward. Your professor is expecting you to present a legal and cultural discussion of death, as an event and as a construct. As such, it would be best to use the resources you have in class (take some ideas from them) as well as include researched information to show your research skills. To answer this question comprehensively, I suggest using this outline:

1. Legal definition of death
2. Cultural representation and beliefs about death
3. Medical and ethical concepts related to death

We can only include a number of ideas even though the topic is vast and covers a lot of ground. As long as your professor gets answers on the concerns listed, that is all that's needed. The information below should get you started. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones


Legal Death

Legally, death means that an expert in the medical profession (i.e. a doctor) has pronounced an individual not needing care anymore and qualified as dead under law - in other words, the individual's organs and life-systems are non-functional and all systems that allow for the continuance of life have stopped. In the U.S., a person who is still breathing but is 'brain dead', whereby brain activity has ceased, is considered ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of defining and discussing death from the following perspectives - medical, legal and ethical. Further on, a cultural expression of what death is according to differentiated cultural meanings is also discussed. This solution is 700 words and resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.