How a radical new implant that zaps patients back to life is upending our understanding of the brain
By Gregory MonePosted 01.11.2007 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
For six years after a brutal beating, a 38-year-old man lay in a minimally conscious state, effectively unable to communicate. Then, with the permission of his family, a team of neuroscientists at New York"Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation attempted a last-resort experimental treatment known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS. Using brain scans as a guide, they implanted tiny electrodes deep in the man's head and wired them to a pacemaker-like device beneath his collarbone.