Defining a Vegetative State

An analysis of data on awareness in vegetative states and a look at accompanying medical and ethical issues.
# 150014 | 1,116 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

Abstract

This paper looks at the medical state known as a vegetative state, which can be defined as persistent or permanent and, in the past, has been defined as a state of consciousness with no awareness or ability to respond. The paper also looks at recent scientific studies, which have revealed that patients can, in fact, be aware or responsive within a vegetative state. Also examined is the debate this new evidence has initiated regarding the care, treatment and medical rights of such patients. Outline: Medical Studies - Awareness in Vegetative State Tools for Assessing Awareness Rates of Misdiagnosis Recovery from a PVS Implications for Patients and the Medical Community


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