Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.
Canadian neuroscientists have detected conscious activity in a patient who has been in a “vegetative state” for 12 years
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.
The world’s most famous person in a permanent vegetative state is former Israeli Prime-Minister Ariel Sharon. He suffered a massive stroke seven years ago, and has been completely disabled ever since.
The interesting question posed by two Oxford utilitarians, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu in the Journal of Medical Ethics recently is this: “Is it better to be minimally conscious than vegetative?”
New study with astounding results
Debate over facts
Neuro-reductionism under attack
New book offers fresh hypothesis