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Alive Inside – Widespread Misdiagnosis of Vegetative State

The Houston Chronicle recently ran an extraordinary story, more of a mini-book than a newspaper article, titled “Alive Inside.” It is a compelling blend of detailed personal stories and medical science.

At bottom, the story is disturbing if not scary. Here are few highlights:

  1. There may be 280,000 PVS patients in the United States.
  2. 40% of those diagnosed as PVS are misdiagnosed.
  3. The brain can heal and rewire itself. But many patients are not afforded the opportunity.  
  4. Clinicians at TIRR memorial Hermann can detect consciousness that other clinicians miss.

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