Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Despite rigorous clinical assessment, many patients in the vegetative state are misdiagnosed.”

This according to a Lancet cohort study of awareness in the vegetative state, which further reports: “The EEG method that we developed is cheap, portable, widely available, and objective. It could allow the widespread use of this bedside technique for the rediagnosis of patients who behaviourally seem to be entirely vegetative, but who might have residual cognitive function and conscious awareness.”

Read the NY Times report on the study here:

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