Feature Interview (9:55) – Deacon Dr. John Travaline and Sister Dr. Mary Diana Dreger from the Catholic Medical Association talk about the difficult topic of brain death. They cover the history of brain death science, what is currently considered brain death in the United States, why it is controversial, and the implications for how the Catholic Church issues ethical teachings on death.

Linacre Quarterly journals.sagepub.com/home/lqr

Background Info (00:30) – History of Brain Death as a Medical Diagnosis
“Brain death revisited” (doi.org/ 10.4103/0028-3886.227287)
“Brain death: the European perspective” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25839722)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:09) – How many organ transplants were performed in the US in 2018? What percentage of American adults are signed up to be organ donors?


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