Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of medical ethics at Weil-Cornell Medical College, discusses recent clinical developments that have led to better understanding of persistent vs. minimally conscious states and how he believes this knowledge should affect care. Fins served on a panel with Art Caplan and Glenn McGee at the Center's confererence on Altered Consciousness. (Sept. 10, 2010)

persistent vegetative state, minimally conscious state, Joseph Fins, Cruzan, altered consciousness

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