Not Dead, Not Dying? Ethical Categories and Persistent Vegetative State
Hastings Center Report. 1988 Feb/Mar; 18(1): 41-47.
Daniel Wikler offers a controversial analysis exploring alternative ways to support the conclusion that PVS patients should not be maintained. He finds the usual ethical justification for withdrawing treatment inadequate. Instead, he suggests, we could alter the definition of death to include permanent loss of consciousness; treatment of PVS patients could then cease.
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