Thursday, February 4, 2010

Brain Activity and Vegetative States

The New England Journal of Medicine’s publication of Willful Modulation of Brain Activity in Disorders of Consciousness has already started a stream of headlines of how this relates to the Terri Schiavo case and how, maybe, possibly we should rethink the meaning of vegetative states.

Our coverage of this debate begins with Dr. Christian Sinclair, who opined back in August about a Journal of Medical Ethics discussion on the implications of functional MRI imaging on the withdrawal of life prolonging treatments for vegetative patients.

Later today, the Center will record a Bioethics Channel podcast on this subject with Glenn McGee, PhD, the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics.

Stay tuned.


The PVS, fMRI, Radiolab, & 'Murder', Pallimed, August 5, 2009


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