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Patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) demonstrate behaviors suggestive of consciousness episodically and intermittently, and because these behavioral signs are not reproducible, diagnostic errors can be quite high, says Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, the E. William Davis, Jr., MD, Professor of Medical Ethics and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Patients in MCS: Misdiagnosis is ethical issue