Life-sustaining Treatments And Vegetative State

Life-sustaining Treatments And Vegetative State

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The miracles of modern medicine have created scenarios in which patients remain dependent on life-sustaining treatments for years. Possibly, one of the most dramatic examples of such a clinical scenario is the vegetative state (VS), a clinical condition that occurs when an individual enters a neurological state marked by periods of wakefulness and arousal but without associated demonstrable awareness/consciousness. There is extensive debate as to whether assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH) should be withdrawn from patients in VS, permanent or otherwise. This book will provide cutting edge information to many scientists and clinicians interested in this clinical topic. It could also be a source of anthropological, philosophical and ethical reflection. The many dilemmas raised by the medical, religious, ethical and societal response to persons in VS go well beyond the clinical condition itself and have profound implications for the fundamental values in our global society.It is for this reason that the authors thought it was important to also provide a vehicle, not only for scientific and bioethical reflections, but also for the religious views and tenants of Judeo-Christian thought on the controversial topic of VS and, inherent in that conversation, the controversy of withdrawal and withholding of care.The main objective is, of course, to act in the best interest of the vegetative patient . ... [7] British Medical Association, Withholding and Withdrawing Life-prolonging Medical Treatments: Guidance for Decision Making, BW Books, 2001. ... of patients in vegetative state: Adjustment and interaction with hospital staff, in: The Post-traumatic Vegetative State. G. Dolce and L. Sazbon, Thieme, New York 2002, pp.

Title:Life-sustaining Treatments And Vegetative State
Author:Gian Luigi Gigli, Nathan D. Zasler
Publisher:IOS Press - 2004-01-01


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