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Author Jennett, Bryan.

Title The vegetative state : medical facts, ethical and legal dilemmas / Bryan Jennett.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  616.849 J54V    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 228 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The strange and harrowing sight of a person being awake but unaware with no evidence of a working mind - characteristics of the vegetative state - provokes intense debate and raises profound questions for health professionals, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers. This unique account by an unrivalled expert in the field, who himself collaborated in coining the term 'persistent vegetative state', surveys the medical, ethical and legal issues that surround this controversial topic. The medical definition and criteria for diagnosis are discussed, as are its frequency and causes, and possible outcomes. These range from some recovery to death, with some surviving indefinitely in a vegetative state, which some people believe is a fate worse than death. Ethical arguments discussed include the conflict between sanctity of life and respect for the autonomy and best interests of the victim, and between killing and letting die. Legal issues are explored with details of landmark court cases from the USA, Britain and elsewhere. This well-informed and carefully constructed account will be a benchmark for medical specialists, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers."--Jacket.
Contents Table of contents (unedited publisher data) <Preface 1. A syndrome in search of a name 2. Diagnosis 3. Epidemiology -- frequency and causes 4. Pathology of the brain damage 5. Prognosis for recovery and survival 6. Attitudes to the permanent vegetative state 7. Medical management 8. Ethical issues 9. Legal issues in the USA 10. Legal issues in Britain 11. Legal issues in other countries 12. Details of some landmark cases Index.>
Subject Persistent vegetative state.
État végétatif chronique.
Persistent vegetative state. (OCoLC)fst01058558
Persistent Vegetative State. (DNLM)D018458
Ethics, Clinical. (DNLM)D026690
Bioethical Issues. (DNLM)D026688
Jurisprudence. (DNLM)D007603
ISBN 0521441587 (pbk.)
9780521441582 (pbk.)
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