AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2008, Volume 10, Number 3.

Ethics Poll

How Do You Define Personhood?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

The definition of "personhood" is continually debated by philosophers, medical ethicists, and the public. Do you believe that patients in persistent vegetative states (PVS) and anencephalic infants are persons?
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