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Jan1-13, 09:37 AM
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A reason why is that if someone is awake they can answer medical questions, another is that it's easier to tell when the condition is deteriorating (when the person does loose consciousness vs. someone already unconscious and slipping into a coma).

I'm not sure whether the 'fighting spirit' helps in getting a better outcome. In some cases doctors choose to keep injured people in an artificial coma, so clearly in some cases it's better to have the body be in control over the mind.