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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7048.0 (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

Great issues of the day The debates over the vegetative state may well follow the same pattern as the debates over brain death some 15 years ago. The British public took a while to accept the idea and was greatly bothered by a television programme that suggested that some people who had been diagnosed as brain dead had woken up and were living near normal lives. The programme was made by Panorama, the leading current affairs programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and led to intense arguments between doctors …

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