Sharon Kaufman
Professor Emerita, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco

Sharon Kaufman is professor emerita and former chair (2012-2018) of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her latest book is Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line (2015).

Written by Sharon Kaufman

This colour-enhanced frontal view of the head, neck and shoulders confirms brain death by absence of blood flow to the brain. Photo by Living Art Enterprises, LLC/SPL

Neither person nor cadaver

The body is warm, but the brain has gone dark: why the notion of brain death provokes the thorniest of medical dilemmas

Sharon Kaufman