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Open Lecture - The end of life - of cells and persons
Tue 21 March 2017, 16:30 – 17:30 GMT
Open Lecture - The End of Life - of cells and persons
Presenter: Dr Andrew Hanrahan, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurological Disability, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Dr Andrew Hanrahan has been a Consultant in Neuro-rehabilitation at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability since 2014, and is Lead Consultant for the Brain Injury Service. The assessment of individuals in Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC) forms a significant part of this service. He has an interest and experience in managing patients and families afflicted with complex and complicated neurological impairment, a commissioning and societal response to these situations, as well as the ethics and law governing the end of life.
Enduring catastrophic brain injury strikes at the very centre of personhood, of which autonomy may well be the first among many equals. Does this autonomy exist at the level of cells, organs, organs within integrated physiological systems, organisms or persons? What conditions are considered necessary and sufficient to satisfy personhood? Are the attributes of personhood indivisible? Such that when they are lost, the person no longer exists, despite the very evident persistence of a biological existence. What does this mean for the person, family and society? This lecture would aim to put forward arguments that stimulate discussion and perhaps leave more questions than answers. Please do participate.
Tuseday 21 March 2017, 4.30-5.30pm
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability