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Stimulating Brains, Altering Minds

Walter Glannon

in Brain, Body, and Mind

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734092
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734092.003.0016
Stimulating Brains, Altering Minds

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This chapter considers the use of deep-brain stimulation as a treatment for neurological and psychiatric disorders. It addresses the question of whether a person with a disease of the mind can consent to stimulation of the brain, and how patients and medical teams weigh the potential benefits and risks of the treatment. It also describes some of the trade-offs between physical and psychological effects of stimulation. The medical and moral justification of this technique depends not only on whether it corrects brain dysfunction but also on how it affects all the psychological properties of the person.

Keywords: consent; deep-brain stimulation; depression; obsessive-compulsive disorder; minimally conscious state; parkinson’s disease

Chapter.  15302 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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