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Pitchguest's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by Pitchguest

I don't believe you'd die instantly as has been curtailed by movies and such, but I'm not a neurologist so I don't know for sure. The 'drop down dead' facade is probably falling unconscious since the stems to the brain would surely be serrated by a severe gunshot wound. Having the stems cut would also cut the bloodflow from the heart to the brain, killing the brain, probably due to loss of blood and oxygen — and vice versa because they have a . . . I want to say 'sycophantic' relationship but that's probably the wrong word.

This is merely speculation, however, coupled with limited research of my knowledge of the brain.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:25:45 UTC | #577024