(Received 1 April 1974; accepted 29 June 1974)
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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.
Professorial lecturer in law, Catholic University Columbus School of Law and School of Nursing, American University Washington College of Law, and George Washington University National Law Center and Department of Health Care Administration, Washington, D.C.,
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