Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 63 (3):553-569 (2020)

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Laura Guidry-Grimes
Georgetown University
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Clinical and ethical reasoning often follows the grooves, the forks, the paths of decision trees. Health-care professionals and clinical ethicists can come to rely on them, especially in intricate cases with complex problems that need to be broken down into analyzable steps. Despite their usefulness, decision trees can lead everyone astray if they are rooted in outdated medicine. In his 2015 book, Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness, Joseph Fins illuminates the errors of common medical and ethical understandings of disorders of consciousness, especially vegetative states and minimally conscious states.1 Fins weaves together over 50 in-depth interviews with patients...
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