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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

New article by Christian Ineichen et al. published in "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience": A critical reflection on the technological development of deep brain stimulation (DBS)

Since the translational research findings of Benabid and colleagues which partly led to their seminal paper regarding the treatment of mainly tremor-dominant Parkinson patients through thalamic high-frequency-stimulation (HFS) in 1987, we still struggle with identifying a satisfactory mechanistic explanation of the underlying principles of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Furthermore, the technological advance of DBS devices (electrodes and implantable pulse generators, IPG’s) has shown a distinct lack of dynamic progression. In light of this we argue that it is time to leave the paleolithic age and enter hellenistic times: the device-manufacturing industry and the medical community together should put more emphasis on advancing the technology rather than resting on their laurels. Link

Article by Christian Ineichen, Walter Glannon, Yasin Temel, Christian Baumann and Oguzkan Sürücü.