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Do Psychiatrists Hear Their Patients' Voices? The Importance of Qualitative Research on Brain-Related Technologies
Azgad Gold

During the past few decades there has been an upsurge in neuroscience research. Unprecedented intellectual efforts and financial resources have been invested in order to unravel the conundrums of the brain and the mind. Some of these prestigious neuroscience projects have been motivated, at least in part, by the ambition to translate and harness the fruits of their studies for the benefit of patie...

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Patients’ Beliefs About Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Ryan E. Lawrence, Catharine R. Kaufmann, Ravi B. DeSilva & Paul S. Appelbaum

Deep brain stimulation is an experimental procedure for treatment-resistant depression. Some results show promise, but blinded trials had limited success. Ethical questions center on vulnerability: especially on whether depressed patients can weigh the risks and benefits effectively, whether depression causes “desperation,” and whether media portrayals create unrealistic hopes. We interviewed ...

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