Brain Dead Person: Preface + TOC & Chapters 1, 2, 5 & 7
Morioka (Masahiro)
Source: Website; Whole-chapter extracts from printed book (translated from the Japanese).
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The author has translated and made available on-line 4 of the 7 Chapters of this book.

Author’s Abstract

  1. A very influential text in Japanese bioethics. This is a book that helped shift the Japanese discussion on brain death1 from "brain-centered analysis" to "human relationship oriented analysis." Brain death2 is redefined in terms of the human relationships between a comatose patient and the people surrounding him/her.
  2. Special attention is paid to the emotions of the family members of a brain dead person, because sometimes the family members at the bedside, touching the warm body of the patient, express a sense that the brain dead person still continues to exist as a living human being3. This approach, published more than 20 years ago, has deeply influenced Japanese bioethics.
  3. In Chapter 5 the author discusses the difference between the "death of oneself" and the "death of the other," and explores its implications for our views of life and death.
  4. In Chapters 6 and 7, he discusses the future of modern medicine and advanced scientific civilizations. The key concept of irreplaceability is introduced in the last chapter.
  5. See also "Morioka (Masahiro) - Reconsidering Brain Death: A Lesson From Japan's Fifteen Years of Experience", 2001.

  1. Brain Death4 as a Form of Human Relationship: Link
      1. What Doctors May not Know
      2. What does Brain Death5 Mean to a Family?
      3. The "Person" Whose Brain Has Stopped Functioning
      4. The Condition of a "Brain Dead Person"
      5. Is "Personhood" Limited to Those Who are "Alive?"
      6. The Relationship Between a Brain Dead Person and the People Around Him or Her
  2. What Kind of Place is an Intensive Care Unit?: Link
      1. Intensive Monitoring and Visiting Limitations in the ICU
      2. The Integration of Compartmentalized Medical Treatment
      3. The System of Supervision and Efficient Treatment
      4. The Problem of a Brain Dead Person Occupying a Bed
      5. Funding Treatment and Providing Insurance for Brain Dead People
      6. What is the Best Way to Treat and Nurse a Brain Dead Person?
      7. Medical Treatment that Centers around Care of the Sphere of Person to Person Relationships
      8. Caring for Brain Dead People
      9. Moving the Bed outside the ICU
      10. From Life Saving Medicine to Medicine Centered around Nursing
      11. Implementing Attendance as a Form of Medical Treatment
  3. The Light and Shadow of Organ Transplantation6
  4. Various Uses of a Brain Dead Body
  5. My Death and the Death of Others: Link
      1. The Death of a Person is not Limited to Only the Medical and Legal Aspects
      2. My Death, the Death of a Person Familiar to Me, and the Death of a Person Unfamiliar to Me
      3. The Meaning of Death to a Person Directly Concerned with that Death
  6. Compartmentalization of Modern Medicine
  7. Efficiency and Irreplaceability: Link
      1. “Medical Treatment as Repair”
      2. The Pursuit of Efficiency
      3. The Ideology of a Society That Distributes Goods
      4. Respecting Irreplaceability
      5. The Antinomy of “Efficiency” and “Irreplaceability”
      6. The Logic of “Onlookers” and the Logic of Those Directly Involved


In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 3: Contrast this emotivist account with the hard-headed realism of (eg) "Chiong (Winston) - Brain Death without Definitions".

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