New book examines consciousness in brain injury patients

Fins The medical community needs a better understanding of people suffering from severe brain injuries, argues a Weill Cornell Medicine professor of medical ethics, whose new book calls for advocacy and awareness. “Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness,” by Dr. Joseph J. Fins, the E. William Davis Jr., M.D., Professor of Medical Ethics and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medicine, chronicles the evolution of the medical classification of severe brain injury while presenting the stories of what he calls “a deeply marginalized class” of society. Through interviews with 53 families of people with brain injuries identified as in a minimally conscious state – or having partial conscious responsiveness or awareness to the world around them – Fins reveals that…

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