A diagnostic illusory? The case of distinguishing between “vegetative” and “minimally conscious” states

@inproceedings{Nettleton2014ADI,
  title={A diagnostic illusory? The case of distinguishing between “vegetative” and “minimally conscious” states},
  author={Sarah Nettleton and Jenny Kitzinger and Celia Kitzinger},
  booktitle={Social science & medicine},
  year={2014}
}
Throughout affluent societies there are growing numbers of people who survive severe brain injuries only to be left with long-term chronic disorders of consciousness. This patient group who exist betwixt and between life and death are variously diagnosed as in 'comatose', 'vegetative', and, more recently, 'minimally conscious' states. Drawing on a nascent body of sociological work in this field and developments in the sociology of diagnosis in concert with Bauman's thesis of 'ambivalence' and… CONTINUE READING
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