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Lessons from the Injured Brain: A Bioethicist in the Vineyards of Neuroscience

  • JOSEPH J. FINS
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I would like to share some reflections on how bioethics fosters dialogue between the sciences and humanities by talking a bit about my work as a physician-ethicist collaborating with neuroscientists studying severe brain injury and mechanisms of recovery. If I am successful in this Pilgrim's Progress, I hope I will convince you that the injured brain can teach us much about ourselves. It is not something I was prepared to believe as a medical student, when I was more certain of things than I am now.

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An earlier version of this paper was delivered at the Pacific Union Club, San Francisco at a gathering of the Program in Medicine and Human Values, California Pacific Medical Center, hosted by Drs. William Andereck and Al Jonsen. Dr. Fins is the recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research (Minds Apart: Severe Brain Injury and Health Policy) from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He also gratefully acknowledges grant support from the Charles A. Dana Foundation (Mending the Brain, Minding Our Ethics II) and the Buster Foundation (Neuroethics and Disorders of Consciousness).

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