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2015 Maguire Public Scholar Lecture

"The Irrelevance of Death" | Professor Tom Mayo

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum
Lunch Provided


The 2015 Maguire Public Scholar Lecture featured SMU Associate Professor of Law and Medical Ethicist Tom Mayo entitled "The Irrelevance of Death." 

"Medical scholars and practitioners agree that “death” is real: it happens. Increasingly, however, there is disagreement over when death occurs and whether the two prevailing standards for the determination of death (cardio-pulmonary and neurological criteria) provide meaningful guidance. At the same time, developments in the field of organ transplantation have led some medical ethicists to call for the abandonment of the “Dead Donor Rule” as a useless relic of a bygone era. This lecture will explore whether we are approaching a time when it may be legal and ethical to kill patients for their organs (and whether we have been at that point for decades without realizing it)."
-Tom Mayo

In addition to his position at SMU, Mayo is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He teaches courses in the areas of health care law, bioethics, medical-legal humanities, constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation. For more information on Professor Mayo, please click here.

From the Center's earliest years, we have showcased the university's most exciting scholars in our Public Scholar lecture series. Many of the Public Scholar lectures have been published (in slightly revised form) as Occasional Papers of the Center.