Vagus Nerve Stimulation Restores Consciousness?

A report that nerve stimulation was able to partially restore consciousness in a patient in a vegetative state has attracted a great deal of attention this week.

The paper, published in Current Biology from French researchers Martina Corazzol and colleagues, is certainly promising, but I didn’t find it entirely convincing.

Corazzol et al.’s patient was a 35-year old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years following a car accident. After receiving consent from his family

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