“Currents of Hope”: Neurostimulation Techniques in U.S. and U.K. Print Media

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 16 (3):312-316 (2007)
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Abstract

The application of neurostimulation techniques such as deep brain stimulation —often called a brain pacemaker for neurological conditions like Parkinson's disease —has generated “currents of hope.” Building on this hope, there is significant interest in applying neurostimulation to psychiatric disorders such as major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These emerging neurosurgical practices raise a number of important ethical and social questions in matters of resource allocation, informed consent for vulnerable populations, and commercialization of research.

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