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Understanding comas and consciousness

Understanding comas and consciousness

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma since being discovered Jan. 31 unconscious and face-down in a bathtub. People can survive a coma, with their chances largely depending on the level of brain damage they suffered, according to Dr. Michael A. Williams, medical director of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health. He explains the meaning of consciousness and the different states of unconsciousness. What is the definition of consciousness? Consciousness is defined as awareness of oneself and the environment. Consciousness can be divided into wakefulness (being...

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