AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

Neuroethics: The Ethics and History Behind Deep Brain Stimulation

by Jannick Franck

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Neuroethics; Deep Brain Stimulation; DBS
Record ID: 1119597
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17731


In this Project we have tried to answer the Question: What is the history leading up to the development of Deep Brain Stimulation, and what are the ethical implications to the ethics of neuroscience? Has the historical background of psychosurgery affected the ethical climate now in regards to Deep Brain Stimulation, and are there any challenges to Deep Brain Stimulation’s future? We have gone through the historical background leading up to the use of Deep Brain Stimulation, and we discuss how the historical background of psychosurgery might have hindered recent treatments like Deep Brain Stimulation. We have looked into the ethical issues surrounding Deep Brain Stimulation and neuroethics in general, and we discuss if Deep Brain Stimulation should be used.