Terri Schiavo Question
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Sat Mar 26 23:03:18 EST 2005
"Steven O." <null at null.com> wrote in message
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> This is probably just asking for trouble, but I can't help but ask...
> First of all, according to the best available public evidence, is
> Terri Schiavo's cerebral cortex completely, totally liquified, or has
> there instead been a major loss of cortical tissue but with some
> tissue remaining.
My understanding is that most, but not all, of her cerebral cortex has been
replaced by fluid.
> Second -- would it be possible for oxygen deprivation to cause loss of
> the cerebral cortext, but for the lower brain centers to remain more
> or less intact? That is, can the cerebellum, limbic system, and
> mid-brain remain pretty much functional and alive?
I guess so. Her midbrain is alivve (where eye movement is generated) and her
> And, if yes, is there any evidence as to how much of Terri Schiavo's
> lower brain centers remain active?
Here midbrain and medulla are probably alive.
> Finally -- and here is the real kicker -- if the cerebral cortex is
> gone, but the other brain centers remain alive, is there any
> possibility that some kind of primitive experience continues, even
> with all cortical-based thinking gone?
We will never know for sure, but I don't think so.
> My understanding is that some lower animals have no cortical brain at
> all, yet one would assume they still have some kind of experience or
> awareness. So, I am wondering if that could be the case for TS.
I think thsoe functions require a working cortex in humans and other
> All thoughtful replies are appreciated.
> Steve O.
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