September 10, 2006
Ridiculous ContradictionsTopics: The Truth About PVS
The recent case of a woman, diagnosed as being in a "vegetative state", and yet conscious and able to "play tennis in her head", reveals that experts can be wrong and that there is a lot that that even the best doctors can not tell about what is going on in another person's mind. Yet, recent articles assert:
Experts overwhelmingly agreed that the case, reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science, does not mean that many people in apparently vegetative states may in fact be conscious.And also:
The neurologists agreed the British case was not relevant to the debate over Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who spent 15 years in a persistent vegetative state and was allowed to die in March 2005 after a long court battle.Quite amazing considering the same article reports that a study, involving objective and repeatable observations, indicates the vegetative state diagnosis is in question:
Dr. James Bernat, a neurologist at Dartmouth medical school in New Hampshire and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, said the study showed it is possible to make a mistake in diagnosing a patient as unconscious.
Posted by tim at September 10, 2006 4:21 AM
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