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JAMA. 1984 Aug 3;252(5):677-9.

Landmark article Aug 5, 1968: A definition of irreversible coma. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to examine the definition of brain death.

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The report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Death, originally published in the 5 August 1968 issue of JAMA, is reprinted as a landmark article. The report defines "irreversible coma" as a new criterion for death, lists steps to be taken by physicians to diagnose this condition, and mentions two early instances of the concept's appearance in judicial rulings.

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