Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome: A New Name for the Vegetative State or Apallic Syndrome, by Steven Laureys
In Western medical and philosophical contexts there is an ongoing debate concerning persons who are in VS (vegetative state, now also called 'unresponsive wakefulness syndrome'; Laureys et al. 2010). These persons have irreversibly lost the capacity for consciousness but retain some autonomic functions, such as unaided breathing.
Laureys, Steven, et al. 2010. “Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome: A New Name for the Vegetative Stat...
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