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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

Three Problems with Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

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(p.75) 2.4 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Yukihiro Nobuhara

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0009

Three points concerning treatments for Parkinson’s disease are indicated. First, treatments with uncertain results may be necessary, for without them, patients might turn to pseudoscientific treatments as a last hope, which could cause serious side effects. Second, while maintaining self-identity is desirable in many cases, it may be preferable to make a break with the past self and be reborn as a new person; in other words, treatments causing a loss of self-identity may be permissible in some cases. Third, the mechanistic brain model may be harmful for treatment for two reasons: first, the rational cognitive functions in folk psychology are realized holistically by the total activity of a wide range of brain regions, along with various other cognitive functions. Second, each brain region may have its own specific function, but these functions are not independent of each other; they are interactively dependent.

Keywords:   Pseudoscientific treatment, self-identity, rebirth, rational cognitive function, folk psychology, brain function

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