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Understanding the Persistent Vegetative State and the Ethics of Care for Its Patients

Ford, Norman (2015) Understanding the Persistent Vegetative State and the Ethics of Care for Its Patients. Australasian Catholic Record, 92 (3). pp. 317-329. ISSN 0727-3215

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Abstract

In 1972 Brian Jennett and Fred Plum recommended the term "Persistent Vegetative State" (PVS) to describe a state of continuing "wakefulness without awareness", which can follow a variety of severe insults to the brain. Their description of the syndrome has stood the test of time, but PVS continues to be a source of medical, legal, and ethical debate.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: persistent, vegetative, state, neurological, disorders, nursing, care, stroke, coma, unconscious, consciousness, communication, non-responsive, patients, ethics, nutrition, hydration, limits, meaning, good
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220106 Medical Ethics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Jude Caspersz
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 01:08
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 01:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1921

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