Volume 20, Issue 1 (January 1975)
Death As a Legal Entity
Death is the inevitable concluding event of life. Though a physician and his associates struggle valiantly to alleviate pain and suffering, prolong life, and delay death, they are ultimately and invariably unsuccessful. Death is an event established by a medical diagnosis based on signs that are considered evidence of its occurrence. As our society has grown more complex and sophisticated, death also has legal implications, some of which are profound and complex in character.