maggiekb at April 21st, 2014 12:19 — #1
tceresini1 at April 21st, 2014 13:35 — #2
Thanks for passing along this link. One comment: I see a big difference between referring to someone as being "in a vegetative state" (which seems OK to me) and referring to someone as a "vegetable" (which seems offensive to me).
lemoutan at April 21st, 2014 14:12 — #3
You'd think, though, that there'd be an even better adjective. What with humans being, like, not plants.
tceresini1 at April 21st, 2014 14:44 — #4
Thanks for changing the title. I'm about halfway through the article -- it's very worthwhile reading. I have one more suggested change: the URL is still http://boingboing.net/2014/04/21/inside-the-mind-of-a-vegetable.html. Can that be revised as well?
tceresini1 at April 21st, 2014 15:02 — #5
Agreed, although that's the currently agreed-upon medical terminology. Such terms have a way of becoming more offensive over time -- after all, "idiot" and "imbecile" were once specific medical diagnoses. At least since the Normalization "movement" started in the US by Wolf Wolfensberger in the early 1970's, there's been a focus in human services to name the condition ("vegetative state") rather than the person ("vegetable") as a way of respecting the individual. That was the unstated focus of my comment -- I'm more patient with the medical establishment's updating of terminology as long as they're making the kind of progress described in the article to actually help people suffering in that state.
smut_clyde at April 21st, 2014 17:00 — #6
Neurologist Steve Laureys? He lost a lot of credibility back in 2009 when he pronounced locked-in consciousness in the case of Rom Houben, using "facilitated communication".
maggiekb at April 26th, 2014 12:19 — #7
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