Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness (2015) by Joseph J. Fins offers rich narratives of families and patients who experience disorders of consciousness in flawed health-care systems that are not clinically, structurally, financially, or ethically prepared to respond to the inherent complexities of these conditions. In 2018, only a few years after the publication of this book, the medical guidelines for these disorders officially changed with key publications in Neurology. Fins has called on bioethicists to respond to these significant developments, and this paper serves as a response to that call. This article offers a critical analysis of a couple of Fins’s arguments. But it also emphasizes the importance of these developments and Fins’s work for thinking through bedside and organizational ethics issues that arise in advocating for patients with disorders of consciousness.


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