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January 1, 2003

Vegetative State

JAMA. 2003;289(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.101-a

It has been 30 years since a Glasgow neurosurgeon and a New York neurologist boldly suggested the term persistent vegetative state to describe "a syndrome in search of a name," a distressing outcome, generally the result of either traumatic brain injury or anoxic encephalopathy. Much has been learned since about the clinical boundaries of the syndrome, its pathophysiology and prognosis, and the burden imposed on patients and their immediate families and on society at large. The neurosurgeon–Professor Bryan Jennett of the University of Glasgow—writes that it "seemed timely to review what is known medically about the vegetative state and how prolonged survival in this state is viewed by doctors and others in society." For the most part, in The Vegetative State he has accomplished this task in a thorough, scholarly, balanced, well-referenced, and concise fashion.

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