2004 Jan – Feb

Ron’s vehicle skidded onto a four-lane highway and collided with a tractor-trailer. The outlook for Ron was grave: He survived, but suffered a severe brain injury. Ultimately, what made Ron’s future so precarious was not his actual injury, but the warped way society and many in the medical community increasingly view victims of debilitating brain injuries: as “vegetables” whose lives no longer have meaning. Make sure to read “Warehousing the disabled: The case of Ron Wilkison” in this issue.