The portrayal of coma in contemporary motion pictures

@article{Wijdicks2006ThePO,
  title={The portrayal of coma in contemporary motion pictures},
  author={Eelco F. M. Wijdicks and Coen Abel Wijdicks},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={2006},
  volume={66},
  pages={1300 - 1303}
}
Background: Coma has been a theme of screenplays in motion pictures, but there is no information about its accuracy. Methods: The authors reviewed 30 movies from 1970 to 2004 with actors depicting prolonged coma. Accurate depiction of comatose patients was defined by appearance, the complexity of care, accurate cause of coma and probability of awakening, and appropriate compassionate discussion between the physician and family members. Twenty-two key scenes from 17 movies were rated for… Expand
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