Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 18, 2005

Misdiagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:40 pm

This study in the British Medical Journal in 1996 found that 43% of those diagnosed as in a “persistent vegetative state” were actually not, including some who’d had that diagnosis for several year. This other study in Neurology in 1993 found that 37% were misdiagnosed. (Discussion in the BMJ here.)

This is not exactly new information. And the ways the articles describe people as not being in PVS (follow the links) sound like the sort of things Terri does that her detractors call “reflexes.”

(Hat tip: Idea to search Google on this came from here.)

There is a list of words nurses have said Terri speaks here.

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