Ο προσδιορισμός του εγκεφαλικού θανάτου στην ελληνική νομοθεσία, ιατρική πιστοποίηση και κριτική διάσταση. = The determination of brain death in greek law, medical certification and critical dimension.
Over the centuries, the concept of death has preoccupied humanity in medicine, philosophical and religious spectrum. In all areas related to the topic, many unanswered questions still remain. Furthermore, the recent evolution of technology and medical science introduced a new term named “brain death”. In this paper, the concept of this new term is being analyzed thoroughly, collecting data from numerous relevant studies. Great insight into this subject is reflected through the employment of secondary research which accurately demonstrates the views and documentations of numerous scientists, involved with the concept of "brain death". The literature review reveals a variety of historical and introductory elements, criteria of definition and indents, diagnostic and confirmatory tests, and the connection of brain death to the transplants. Last but not least a critical analysis is further accomplished in an attempt to make comparisons and evaluate critical issues pertaining to "brain death". Numerous studies from around the globe have been dedicated to this concept on a single-issue approach. In the present study, the concept of "brain death" combines multiple perspectives in an attempt to guarantee an integrated approach. Thus, this study analyses "brain death" thought a medical, philosophical and moral perspective, contributing in this way to the science as a complete collection of data. Through the integrated analysis of this delicate concept of brain death, the study concludes that as the advancement of technology and medical science has created it, the science itself will shed light on this concept in the near future.