Waking the Dead (Newsweek, Dec. 20, 2013)


Of the many ills that can befall the human body, brain damage is one of the most devastating – and confusing. When a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury that leaves him or her in an uncommunicative state, doctors and loved ones face one of medical science’s most confounding questions: How do we know when a person is still there? When is a body just a body?

Those question only get more complicated with the startling news that the brains of some patients in a vegetative state appear to recognize familiar faces. The implications are mind-boggling.

Read the rest at Newsweek: http://mag.newsweek.com/2013/12/20/mri-brain.html


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