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Self-Determination, Best Interest, and New Diagnostic Evidence regarding the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
Journal Title: SALUTE E SOCIETÀ 
Author/s: Silvia Zullo 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 96-110 FullText PDF:  122 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SES2012-003006
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Recent studies on patients in a vegetative state undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging have allowed to better differentiate the vegetative state from the minimally conscious state and have shown the possibility that in the future we can detect the permanence in these patients of islands of consciousness. Such evidence might further increase the legal and moral dilemmas raised by these cases, since the scientific future advancements will make increasingly complex to apply the principle in dubio pro vita on the patient who provide signals in a reverse direction.
Keywords: Vegetative state, minimally conscious state, best interest, awareness, autonomy, neuroimaging.

Silvia Zullo, Self-Determination, Best Interest, and New Diagnostic Evidence regarding the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 3/2012, pp. 96-110, DOI:10.3280/SES2012-003006

   

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