Considering consciousness clinically

Gerry Leisman, Calixto Machado, Joav Merrick

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Intensive care has led to an increase in the number of patients who survive after severe acute brain damage. Most comatose patients who survive begin to awaken and recover gradually within 2-4 weeks. Although some of these individuals lastingly lose all brain function leading to brain death (BD), oftentimes this state is treated as synonymous with the death of the individual. Nonetheless, other individuals progress to “wakeful unawareness” defined as vegetative state (VS). Disorders of consciousness (DOC) terminology may be useful clinically, but does little to explain the nature of consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsidering Consciousness Clinically
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781634842617
ISBN (Print)9781634842600
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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