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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 1AA3
Professor
Karen Mc Garry
Semester
Fall

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What is Death? How do we define death?  Traditional medical view – lack of respiration, pulse, and heartbeat  Failure to respond to stimuli  Lowered body temperature & stiffness Taphophobia -the fear of being buried live The Harvard Criteria for Death  Unreceptive and unresponsive  No spontaneous movement or respiration  No reflexes  A flat EEG (electrical activity in the brain)  No circulation to or within the brain Coma  Locked-in Syndrome  Permanent Vegetative State  Persistent Vegetative State  Transient Vegetative State Modern Medicalization of Death  Death is to be avoided  In the past, the doctor’s presence at the deathbed was rare  Family/religious figure typically present  Eventually became a “status symbol” to die under medical care  Death may be prevented (or a
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