Review by Nathan Seppa
The very notion of having electrodes implanted in your brain would seem like science fiction — if 40,000 people hadn’t already undergone the operation, most for Parkinson’s disease.
This book tells the story of heroic people — some on operating tables and others wielding scalpels and drills — and the lengths they’ve gone to in seeking to relieve devastating brain disorders. Talan describes decades of brain surgery aimed at addressing movement disorders and zeros in on deep-brain stimulation, a cutting-edge treatment in which doctors implant electrodes in the brain to reboot aberrant neural circuitry.
Early efforts to treat neurological disorders that failed to respond to medication mostly involved finding