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PVS criteria put under spotlight

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:919
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The High Court in London has said that a woman in a persistent vegetative state should be allowed to die, even though she did not fit the clinical criteria drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians to diagnose the condition.

    Three expert witnesses in the case all told the court that they believed the woman was in the persistent vegetative state, although all accepted that according to the criteria she was not. Patients at the centre of previous “right to die” cases, …

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