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    subjected by Terri’s husband Michael Schiavo, others, doctors included, believe that Terri’s condition was caused by an eating disorder, namely bulimia. Not many people are even aware of what Terri’s condition was: whether it be brain death, persistent vegetative state or minimal consciousness. With assurance from doctors, these conditions are all vastly different. The medical definition of ‘brain death’ is: ‘the cessation and irreversibility of all brain function, including brain stem’ 2. Some people

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    “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far” (Swami Vivekananda). Words and thoughts have a symbiotic relationship. As implied by Vivekananda, one directly affects the other. However, deceitful thought expressed through words in a fraudulent manner have the power to change another’s emotions, actions and, ultimately, morals. One such example of doublespeak, as this is called, is euphemism where sophisticated language

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    Analysis of Physician Assisted Suicide Debate

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    may either be (a) alert and (b) aware and (c) competent to make their own decisions and (d) able to communicate or the patient may have (a) decreased alertness (due to encephalopathy or coma), (b) diminished awareness (retardation, dementia, vegetative state) and (c) be incompetent to make their own decisions or (d) be unable to communicate due to aphasia, or inability to speak. Euthanasia is voluntary, when an alert, aware, competent patient agrees to it being performed, and euthanasia is

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    believes that a patient in a comatose condition, or a persistent vegetative state (PVS) to be in a state of peaceful slumber. However, persons in such a condition suffer both mentally and physically. The romantic aura to the idea of a person in coma permeates popular culture because of the movies and stories that we hear every day. Movies such as Coma staring Michael Douglas and While You Were Sleeping staring Sandra Bullock falsely portray the state of coma as peaceful and angelic, and true to most

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    According to the Center of Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. Of those patients, 275,000 people are hospitalized and many are unconscious and in a temporary or permanent comas across the country (Get the Stats, n.d.) While doctors work to help patients recover as best to their medical knowledge, experts are developing new techniques to make coma recovery more prevalent in cases of traumatic brain injuries. Medical researchers

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    cerebrum has primary control of consciousness, thought, memory and feeling. the cerebellum, which coordinates voluntary movements and maintains bodily equilibrium. the brainstem ("lower brain"). The brainstem has control of spontaneous vegetative functions such as swallowing, yawning, and sleep-wake cycles. It controls respiration, which maintains the correct levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen. The Development of Medical Technology: Life-support machines, such as those supporting heart-lung

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    Defining Life and Death

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    2014. 2. Machado, Calixto, et al. “The concept of brain death did not evolve to benefit organ transplants.” Journal of Medical Ethics. 33.4 (2007): 197-200. Web. 18 February 2014. 3. Wade, Derick T., and Claire Johnston. “The permanent vegetative state: practical guidance on diagnosis and management”. British Medical Journal. 319.7213: 841–844. Web. 18 February 2014. 4. Mass Casualties: Glasgow Coma Scale. Center of Disease Control. 9 May 2003. Web. 19 February 2014. 5. Goodwyn, Wade

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    A Case For Resisting Medical Treatment

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    be released from her pain and suffering? This case provided an altercation between state medical procedures supported by human preservation of life vs. human rights under the constitution and the right to refuse medical treatment. Ms. Cruzan, a twenty-five year old, was on her way home on January 11th, 1983 when she crashed into a ditch; causing an automobile accident, which left her in a “persistent vegetative state”. (Lewin) By the time paramedics arrived on scene, she had sustained probable brain

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    At one point Quill (2005) writes, “He believed that his wife would not want to be kept alive,” and slightly later in the paragraph says, “The Schindler family, however, did not accept the diagnosis of a persistent vegetative state, believing instead that Ms. Schiavo’s ” (p. 1631). Why would he use “his wife” in place of “Ms. Sciavo” in the beginning, and why did he use “Ms. Schiavo” instead of a familial term towards the end? Using the same type of term would have

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    Locked-In Syndrome and PVS

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    = behavior interrelate. I thought that looking into some information about the persistent vegetative state and the locked-in syndrome would yield a satisfying and definitive answer once and for all. Is a brain still a brain without the I-function? I found no definitive answer, but I was able to convince myself of the "less-wrongness" of the brain = behavior idea. I first looked into the persistent vegetative state. Below I have reproduced a somewhat technical explanation of how PVS patients are

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