Edgar Allen Poe, creator of the macabre, became obsessed - or took advantage of a wave of obsession at the time to cultivate his popularity as an author - with catalepsy, a condition which mimics actual death. The condition may convince a doctor, apparently, to pronounce the victim dead.
Today, the LCP permits the doctor to pronounce the victim as dying even whilst there is every sign of life. What would Poe have made of that? What macabre tale of horror would his pen have conjured..?
There is Always Hope
The METRO of July 4, 2006 reported:
The same story from WorldNetDaily:
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
BRAIN REWIRED ITSELF IN COMA MIRACLE
New study of man who spent
19 years in 'vegetative state'
In a new medical study sure to remind the world of the debate surrounding the forced dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, researchers found the injured brain of a man in a “vegetative state” for 19 years rewired itself, permitting him to renew communication with his loved ones.
The findings by Nicholas Schiff and his colleagues at Weill Medical College at Cornell University suggest the human brain shows far greater potential for recovery and regeneration then ever before suspected.
And what would Poe have made of that..?
The Village Voice reported this: