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Can an unconscious person be aware of his surroundings? Part 4 (Teacher: Michael)

A major challenge facing both physicians and the general public is to our attitudes toward individuals with severe brain damage who communicate.

We not assume that they not any awareness of what is on. As suggested by the British Medical Journal authors, we to learn how to communicate with very disabled patients. One of the major scientific challenges of this century is to understand how the brain thinks.

When this is achieved, we able to measure "conscious" brain activity and start to build bridges to patients who communicate.

Patrick Pullicino, MD, Ph.D., is Professor of Neurology and chairman of the Department of Neurosciences of the New Jersey Medical at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA.

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