The Vegetative State: Medical Facts, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas by Bryan JennettThe Vegetative State: Medical Facts, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas by Bryan Jennett

The Vegetative State: Medical Facts, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas

byBryan Jennett

Paperback | April 1, 2002

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 708 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This unique account surveys the medical, ethical, and legal issues that surround the vegetative state. The volume discusses the medical definition and criteria for diagnosis, its frequency and causes, and possible outcomes. The author also explores ethical arguments, including the conflict between sanctity of life and respect for the autonomy and best interests of the victim, and between killing and letting die. Legal issues are explored with details of landmark court cases from the U.S., Britain, and elsewhere. This well-informed and carefully constructed account will be a benchmark for medical specialists, ethicists, lawyers, and philosophers.

About The Author

Bryan Jennett has had a long and distinguished career with unrivalled insight into the vegetative state. As Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow his research was instrumental in defining the condition, and in coining the term 'persistent vegetative state'. Since then he has continued to write extensively on this subje...

Details & Specs

Title:The Vegetative State: Medical Facts, Ethical and Legal DilemmasFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521441587

ISBN - 13:9780521441582

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Vegetative State: Medical Facts, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas


Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. A syndrome in search of a name; 2. Diagnosis; 3. Epidemiology - frequency and causes; 4. Pathology of the brain damage; 5. Prognosis for recovery and survival; 6. Attitudes to the permanent vegetative state; 7. Medical management; 8. Ethical issues; 9. Legal issues in the USA; 10. Legal issues in Britain; 11. Legal issues in other countries; 12. Details of some landmark cases; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Jennet is a true authority on the subject and it shows.... This book should be mandatory in every ITU, HDU and every Trust Ethics Committee. Every Medical or Clinical Director or Head of Service, or Nursing Director must read this."