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Bioethics and the Brain

Walter Glannon


Our ability to map and intervene in the structure of the human brain is proceeding at a very quick rate. Advances in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery have given us fresh insights into the neurobiological basis of human thought and behavior. Technologies like MRI and PET scans can detect early signs of psychiatric disorders before they manifest symptoms. Electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain can non-invasively relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and other conditions resistant to treatment, while implanting neuro-electrodes can help patients with Park ... More

Keywords: MRI, PET, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, free will, personal identity, the self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Glannon, author
University of Calgary
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