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Whatever principle could be used to exclude the spinal reflexes surely can exclude some brain stem reflexes as well.
It avoids the hopeless task of trying to show why brain stem reflexes count more than spinal ones or trying to show exactly how many cells must be in a nest before it is significant.
Before a person is proclaimed brain-dead under the law, confirmation must be made that the person is in a deep coma, the pupils have dilated, the person's seven brain stem reflexes have disappeared, brain waves have flattened, and natural breathing has ceased.