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Brain Device Offers Hope for Some Mental Disorders

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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

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