Oct 19, 2017
Brain death, you'd be surprised to know, has its roots in
non-neurologic specialties. Specialties like pulmonary critical
care, cardiology, and transplant surgery. How the term was
conceived, why it was needed, and what it means in our current
practice of medicine will be the focus of this week's BrainWaves
episode. Featuring Drs. Joshua Levine and Mike Rubenstein.
Produced by James E. Siegler. Music by Chris Zabriskie, Damiano
Baldoni, Josh Woodward, and Julie Maxwell. BrainWaves' podcasts and
online content are intended for medical education purposes only and
should not be used for routine clinical decision making. Please
refer to local and regional policies on how brain death is
determined at your institution.
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