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Vegetative state - vegetable
Posted: 12 October 2007 04:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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If I had read the whole article by Groopman, I would have come to this:

The term “vegetative” was proposed in 1972, by Bryan Jennett, a neurosurgeon and Fred Plum, a neurologist who chose it based on a definition in the O.E.D.: “an organic body capable of growth and development but devoid of sensation and thought.”

edit: but the word was long in use with that sense from way before ‘72

[ Edited: 12 October 2007 10:26 AM by Oecolampadius ]
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