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Japanese physicians and the care of adult patients in persistent vegetative state
  1. Adrian Treloar
  1. Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age, Psychiatry, Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill, London

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    The finding that Japanese physicians are reluctant to withdraw artificial nutrition from patients in persistent vegetative state (PVS) is of note because, as the authors of a recent paper in the journal point out, Japanese physicians cannot be described as being strongly subject to the Judaeo-Christian influence.1 Despite this, the Japanese physicians show the same reluctance …

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