Consensus statement on criteria for the persistent vegetative state is being developed

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7094.1621 (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1621
  1. Bryan Jennett, Emeritus professor of neurosurgerya,
  2. Ronald Cranford, Professor of neurologyb,
  3. Nathan Zasler, Directorc
  1. a Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow G51 4TF
  2. b Department of Neurology, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
  3. c National Rehabilitation Consortium, Glen Allen, VA 23060, USA

    Editor—Clare Dyer reports on a patient in a persistent vegetative state who the English High Court said should be allowed to die, and she refers to concern about the diagnostic criteria drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians.1 2 Although all three medical experts in the case testified that the patient was, in their opinion, in a persistent vegetative state, she did not …

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