Karen Quinlan

ucs1013 ucs1013 at nof.abdn.ac.uk
Tue Jul 12 06:33:05 EST 1994

> They did an autopsy on Karen Ann Quinlan's brain to see if they could
> learn anything about her persistant vegetative state. It turns out her
> thalamus had been extensively lesioned, thus turning off sensory input
> other than from the olfactory system. She may well have been conscious
> until she died.

But would she have been sane after an extended period of time with no sensory
inputs besides smell?

Carl Derks
ucs1013 at abdn.ac.uk
`You don't have to be dead to work here, but it helps'

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