Sunday, March 20, 2005

Terri Schiavo's cerebral cortex

Bill McCabe cites this as support for Terri Schiavo being in a permanent vegatative state (PVS). I admit it is a pretty powerful article.

However, my question has to do with this: Both it and this hateful diatribe he cites here talk about her cerebral cortex having degenerated to or being replaced by fluid. Dr. Wolfson, the guardian ad litem whom each of those posts and articles cite, said on page 31 of his report that Terri Schiavo's "neurological tests and CT scans....indicated that her cerebral cortex is principally liquid." But the rather credible sounding doctors in this article say that a CT scan is insufficient to reach such a conclusion, that necessary steps in making such a diagnosis are MRIs and PET scans. That article also asserts that Michael Schiavo never allowed any MRIs or PET scans to take place. It addresses persuasively one explanation Schiavo's attorney offered for that refusal. I haven't seen any others offered by Mr. Schiavo or his lawyer.

That leaves me continuing to wonder why Mr. Schiavo, acting in good faith to provide the best care for his wife, would prevent an MRI and PET scan from being done. If anyone at all can explain this to me, I'd appreciate it. In the absence of such an explanation, I'm curious whether that factor affects the thinking of those describing her cerebral cortex as liquid.

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