Purple brain death

In 1964 the journal Medicine, Science and the Law published an article entitled ‘Unusual Cases 2 – The Purple Brain Death’.

Sadly, the journal is no longer in print and the article isn’t available so I have absolutely no idea what it was about, but it sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

If anyone ever does find out what made this case so unusual, and what a purple brain death is exactly, do get in touch.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the BBC’s standard brain picture which always has a strangely purple tinge.

Link to PubMed entry.


  1. Posted November 12, 2008 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    It’s about hydrogen sulfide intoxication. You can find a citation at http://www.inchem.org/documents/ehc/ehc/ehc019.htm

  2. Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Here’s another one:

  3. Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    It involves hydrogen sulfide toxi…
    Darnit, scooped!

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