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Review Article


The concept of brain death was first formally presented in United States of America in 1968 (Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to examine the definition of Brain Death, 1968) in part to facilitate organ donation. It is a widely accepted term in most countries but some like Japan do not consider it as death. According toAAN, brain death is defined as death due to irreversible loss of function of the entire brain — comparable to circulatory death, which is defined as irreversible loss of function of the circulatory system. The purpose of our study is to review brain death protocols from various parts of the world to ultimately formulate a concise brain death protocol for Pakistan.

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