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The Difference between Vegetation and Consciousness

In popular culture comas are practically common place. While a useful plot device in medical fiction, they’re significantly more important in real life as they offer the brain a chance to recover from severe damage caused by stroke, seizure, or traumatic injury. But if a coma is like a reset button for our brain, how how do we tell between those who are minimally conscious and those who are vegetative (that is to say, completely unaware) within a coma? The Glasgow Coma Score (a scale from 3-15, 15 being fully conscious) is commonly used in medical situations to score a patient’s conscious state. This is a satisfactory measure of ability, leaving t (more…)

The Neurology of Consciousness (Book Review)

Every book has to start somewhere, and The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive neuroscience and neuropathology begins with a concise introduction exploring the basics of consciousness, coma, and neglect, among other disorders in a well-thought out structure. Described as a “welcome addition to the field”, the contributors to the text include quickly recognizable and prestigious names including (among many others) Drs. James Bernat, (more…)