A critical reflection on the technological development of deep brain stimulation (DBS)

Christian Ineichen*, Walter Glannon, Yasin Temel, Christian R. Baumann, Oguzkan Sueruecue

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Since the translational research findings of Benabid and colleagues which partly led to their seminal paper regarding the treatment of mainly tremor dominant Parkinson patients through thalamic high-frequency-stimulation (HFS) in 1987, we still struggle with identifying a satisfactory mechanistic explanation of the underlying principles of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Furthermore, the technological advance of DBS devices (electrodes and implantable pulse generators, IPG's) has shown a distinct lack of dynamic progression. In light of this we argue that it is time to leave the paleolithic age and enter hellenistic times: the device-manufacturing industry and the medical community together should put more emphasis on advancing the technology rather than resting on their laurels.
Original languageEnglish
Article number730
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2014


  • deep brain stimulation
  • technology
  • development
  • innovation
  • functional neurosurgery
  • stereotactic operation
  • ethics

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