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The Resource Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence, by Edward Beiser, (electronic resource)

Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence, by Edward Beiser, (electronic resource)

Label
Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence
Title
Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence
Statement of responsibility
by Edward Beiser
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Peter Wegner was a professor of computer science at Brown University and enjoyed an international reputation in his field. In the summer of 1999, on a trip to London to receive an award, he was hit by a bus and sustained serious brain injuries. The film follows the family, with the help of his doctor, making difficult decisions about his treatment. Should the comatose professor be subjected to a lengthy and complicated brain surgery which could save his life but might leave him in a vegetative state? How does one make a decision at a time when scientific knowledge is limited and decisions must be made under stress? The odds were very much against a satisfactory recovery; but then, what is "satisfactory"? Doctors who evaluated Peter s condition gave him only a 5% chance to survive and another 5% chance to have brain function. His wife and sons decided to proceed with the surgery. Seventy year old Wegner beat the odds. After lengthy surgery and recovery, many of his powers were restored. He regained his speech, had the use of his fertile mind, was able to teach again and continue with his research. There were some limitations; he could not maintain the level of concentration he once had, his memory was not as sharp, and his scholarly papers had to be co-authored. However, he could continue to be productive. And his family was grateful to have him alive! After such traumatic events his personality and some of his priorities changed. His devoted wife describes how the "new" Peter is more open and loving towards her. Professor Arthur Van Dam, a colleague of Peter's reflects on whether he would gamble on a life with some brain impairment, or whether he would prefer death to losing some mental faculty. The film will spark discussion about the difficult bioethical questions surrounding the treatment of patients with catastrophic injuries. Study guide available
Awards note
American Psychological Association, 2004
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
For High School; College; Adult audiences
Language note
English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Beiser, Edward N.
Runtime
20
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wegner, Peter
  • Brain damage
Target audience
general
Label
Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence, by Edward Beiser, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1650470
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650470/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (21 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211136
  • (OCoLC)747798463
Video recording format
other
Label
Peter Wegner is alive and well and living in Providence, by Edward Beiser, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1650470
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650470/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (21 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211136
  • (OCoLC)747798463
Video recording format
other

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