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Minimizing Harm in Psychiatric Treatment and Research
Robert L. Sadoff

What do the two target articles in this issue—”What We Own the Psychopath: A Neuroethical Analysis” (Gillett and Huang 2013) and “Ethical Considerations in Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Addiction and Overeating Associated with Obesity” (Pisapia et al. 2013)—have in common? They each refer to ethical issues related to psychiatric treatment or research. Much has been writt...

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Target Article

What We Owe the Psychopath: A Neuroethical Analysis
Grant Gillett & Jiaochen Huang

Psychopaths are often regarded as a scourge of contemporary society and, as such, are the focus of much public vilification and outrage. But, arguably, psychopaths are both sinned against as well as sinners. If that is true, then their status as the victims of abusive subcultures partially mitigates their moral responsibility for the harms they cause. We argue, from the neuroethics of psychopathy ...

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Ethical Considerations in Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Addiction and Overeating Associated With Obesity
Jared M. Pisapia, Casey H. Halpern, Ulf J. Muller, Piergiuseppe Vinai, John A. Wolf, Donald M. Whiting, Thomas A. Wadden, Gordon H. Baltuch & Arthur L. Caplan

The success of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and the improved understanding of the neurobiologic and neuroanatomic bases of psychiatric diseases have led to proposals to expand current DBS applications. Recent preclinical and clinical work with Alzheimer’s disease and obsessive-compulsive disorder, for example, supports the safety of stimulating regions in the hypothala...

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