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Book Review: Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Treatment Shows Promise in the Most Difficult Cases by Jamie Talan

Review by Nathan Seppa

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10:44am, June 5, 2009

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

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