posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 10:43 AM
August 4, 2004
By Carey Goldberg, Globe Staff
With its infamous history of crude ''icepick" lobotomies, psychiatric surgery has been widely shunned for decades. Now, it appears poised to make a
careful comeback using a far gentler technology: a pacemaker for the brain that, once implanted, can be adjusted or turned off.
Researchers at Butler Hospital in Providence are completing the largest study to date of the ''deep brain stimulation" device's potential to
alleviate mental illness, involving 10 patients with severe, intractable obsessive compulsive disorder. The doctors say it looks promising, and they
are beginning to test the device as a last resort for chronic depression.
link to story here, john