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Functional neuroimaging and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from vegetative patients.

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Recent studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging of patients in a vegetative state have raised the possibility that such patients retain some degree of consciousness. In this paper, the ethical implications of such findings are outlined, in particular in relation to decisions about withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. It is sometimes assumed that if there is evidence of consciousness, treatment should not be withdrawn. But, paradoxically, the discovery of consciousness in very sev...

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10.1136/jme.2008.029165

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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Australasian College of Physicians Astra-Zeneca Medical Fellowship
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Wilkinson, D
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Eric Burnard Fellowship
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Wilkinson, D
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Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship
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Wilkinson, D
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Royal Australasian College of Physicians Astra-Zeneca Medical Fellowship
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BMJ Group
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Journal of medical ethics More from this journal
Volume:
35
Issue:
8
Pages:
508-511
Publication date:
2009-08-01
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1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
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English
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pubs:191647
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uuid:90821b58-1197-4d38-b20c-9f291320d11d
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191647
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2013-03-20

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