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The persistent vegetative state

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6987.1137 (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1137

Task force's definition influences interpretation of outcome

  1. Bryan Jennett
  1. Professor emeritus of neurosurgery Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow G51 4TF

    EDITOR,—Robin S Howard and David H Miller's comments on the study by the American Multi-Society Task Force on the persistent vegetative state leaves two aspects of the prognosis that need to be clarified.1 The adult mortality of 82% at three years and 95% at five years might suggest that more prolonged survival in a …

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