William W. Stead, MD
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Stead WW. Physicians' Attitudes about Patients in the Persistent Vegetative State. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:90. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-1-199701010-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(1):90.
TO THE EDITOR:
I was pleased to see the article  and accompanying editorial  on the PVS. The paper by Gilligan and Raffin  and the essay by Dr. Hansot  brought to mind personal experiences with two older sisters, one of whom remained in a PVS for 5 years. During that time, the nursing home insisted on maintaining the flickering flame of life. Her living will and a letter from her long-time personal physician were ignored. They relented shortly after she qualified for Medicaid.
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