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Response to Comments on "Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State"

Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.1135583

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Additional data, supported by relevant functional neuroimaging literature, confirm that the “normal” patterns of brain activity reported in a patient who was clinically diagnosed as vegetative could not have occurred “automatically” in the absence of conscious awareness. The most parsimonious explanation remains that this patient was consciously aware despite her diagnosis of vegetative state.

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