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BMA will review guidelines on PVS

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:725
  1. Clare Dyer

    The BMA is to review its guidelines on the persistent vegetative state after reports of patients who had been wrongly diagnosed. Dr Fleur Fisher, head of the association's ethics and science division, said that the decision had been taken before last week's report that staff at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney, south west London, had managed to communicate with a former businessman thought to be in a persistent vegetative state for seven years.

    In 1994 the health authority in the north of England that had been caring for …

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