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Commentary on Derick Wade's ‘Back to the bedside? Making clinical decisions in patients with prolonged unconsciousness’ and Zoe Fritz’ ‘Can ‘Best Interests’ derail the trolley?’ Examining withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in patients in the permanent vegetative state 
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    Response to Holland
    Dear Sir, I thank Dr Holland for his commentary [1] on my article [2]. I am replying to correct a possible misunderstanding he may have about the brain in people with prolonged disorders of consciousness.

    He argues that there are people who are definitely permanently unaware without fluctuation because they have no brain, citing "Tony Bland, whose higher brain had effectively liquefied'". I assume that he bases this statemen...

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