Forum Posts by
Robert D. Truog, M.D.
- Bioethics and the Dogma of “Brain Death”
Posted on February 3, 2014
Two cases involving “brain death” have received considerable public attention, including commentary by several well-known bioethicists. In commenting on these cases the bioethicists have stated, in no uncertain terms, that an individual correctly diagnosed as “brain dead” is dead, pure and simple. Contrary to appearances of being alive, in reality the “brain dead” individual is… Read more
- New Hope for Detecting Consciousness in Vegetative Patients: Ethical Implications
Posted on November 29, 2011
Patients diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state have figured prominently in the law and medical ethics relating to end-of-life decisions since the case of Karen Quinlan in 1976. These patients have profound brain injuries that leave them in the seemingly anomalous condition of being awake but not aware. They have normal sleep-wake cycles… Read more