Neuropathological findings in the brain of Karen Ann Quinlan. The role of the thalamus in the persistent vegetative state.

@article{Kinney1994NeuropathologicalFI,
  title={Neuropathological findings in the brain of Karen Ann Quinlan. The role of the thalamus in the persistent vegetative state.},
  author={H. Kinney and J. Korein and A. Panigrahy and P. Dikkes and R. Goode},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1994},
  volume={330 21},
  pages={
          1469-75
        }
}
BACKGROUND Karen Ann Quinlan had a cardiopulmonary arrest in 1975 and died 10 years later, having never regained consciousness. Her story prompted a national debate about the appropriateness of life-sustaining treatment in patients who are in a persistent vegetative state and led to the development of medicolegal guidelines for the care of such patients. This report describes the neuropathologic features of Quinlan's brain. METHODS The entire brain and spinal cord were systematically sampled… Expand
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