Tuesday, May 23, 2006

here is an amazing story in The Guardian that talks about men being awoken from a "permanent vegetative state" to talk with their families. It is a sleeping pill that apparently has the reverse effect on people who are apparently permanently unconscious.

It is an intense discovery that kills much of the argument for euthanasia, because clearly the people are not brain-dead. I guess we don't really know what is going on, but suffice it to say that the more we know, the less we know we know.

1 comment:

elizabeth said...

ah; i was able to read the article on this page; it is intresting; 4 hour ware off time though; it seems tricky; vegatable to needing drugs to surface--wow. our bodies/selves are complicated beings; i still am wondering when this happened, if the happenings were repeated/are repeatable, how much the drug costs, why the drug was administered to these people and when/who is doing the clinical trials and who is manufacturing the drug. this would be an interesting reference question... (i am in training to be a medical librarian...) thanks for the post.