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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 It is sometimes assumed that if there is evidence of consciousness, treatment should not be withdrawn.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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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1136/jme.2008.029165

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Ethox Centre
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford Centre for Neuroethics
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Institution:
University of Melbourne, Australia
Department:
Neural Injury and Repair Group,Howard Florey Institute and the Centre for Neuroscience
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford Centre for Neuroethics
Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medical Ethics Journal website
Volume:
35
Issue:
8
Pages:
508-511
Publication date:
2009
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EISSN:
1473-4257
URN:
uuid:de87eb4c-ad81-4f96-bad3-65faf1370b1e
Local pid:
ora:5938

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