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Deep Brain Stimulation: From Parkinson treatment to personality enhancement?


Gilbert, F, Deep Brain Stimulation: From Parkinson treatment to personality enhancement?, CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation Magazine, Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Belgium, 3, 2, pp. 17-18. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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In recent years, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) treatments have attracted great interest in the medical community, not only for their effectiveness, but also for their expanded, potential future applications. With these great hopes come various accompanying ethical challenges.

DBS is a psychosurgical invasive intervention commonly used to treat various symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases. For instance, the most common application of DBS treatments has targeted Parkinsonís symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, or even walking problems. The technique consists of implanting a battery-operated neuromedical device which delivers an electrical stimulation to a specific area of the patientís brain. However, due to its invasive nature, in order to qualify for DBS treatment, patients must be in an advanced phases of a neurodegenerative disease and have demonstrated resistance to pharmacological treatment. However, in the future, developments in medical nanotechnologies hold the potential to render the DBS procedure less invasive, thereby expanding the safety and range of applications for these technologies.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:deep brain stimulation, identity, enhancement, brain
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Gilbert, F (Dr Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:79925
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2012-10-12
Last Modified:2013-07-15

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