Observations on the ethical and social aspects of disorders of consciousness.

  title={Observations on the ethical and social aspects of disorders of consciousness.},
  author={Eric Racine and Catherine Rodrigue and James L. Bernat and Richard J. Riopelle and Sam David Shemie},
  journal={The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. Le journal canadien des sciences neurologiques},
  volume={37 6},
The care of chronically unconscious patients raises vexing medical, ethical, and social questions concerning diagnosis, prognosis, communication with family members, and decision making, including the withdrawal of life support. We provide updates on major controversies surrounding disorders of consciousness. Issues such as withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration - which had been considered "settled" by many in the medical, legal and ethical communities - have resurfaced under the… CONTINUE READING
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