Implanted Minds: The Neuroethics of Intracerebral Stem Cell Transplantation and Deep Brain Stimulation

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Jörg M. Fegert, Heiner Fangerau, Thorsten Trapp
transcript Verlag, 2011 - Medical - 316 pages
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Intracerebral interventions raise particular ethical issues. For instance, attempts at replacing lost or altered brain cells with the help of stem cells or the therapeutic application of Deep Brain Stimulation would have morally relevant implications. Many medically relevant questions and ethical concerns need to be clarified before these intracerebral interventions can become routine procedure: If the brain is conceived as the carrier of an individual's personality or of the self then operations on the brain can be seen as intrusions upon one's personality. The book addresses historical, philosophical, social and legal implications of these new developments in the neurosciences and aims at resolving some of the dilemmas that go hand in hand with »implanted minds«.
  

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Contents

Introduction
7
Can Intracerebral Interventions Change our Self?
31
Parfits Concept of Personal Identity and its Implications
45
Experimenting Innovative Cell Therapies
107
Coping and Expectations of Patients with
123
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
137
On Ethical and Historical
151
Possible Hazards Arising from
183
Personality Changes through Deep Brain Stimulation
223
Manipulating the Brain An Ethical Challenge?
251
Questions on Deep Brain Stimulation on Children
281
Contributors
313
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Heiner Fangerau (Prof. Dr.) is director of the Institute for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm University, Germany. Jörg M. Fegert (Prof. Dr.) is director of the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ulm University, Germany. Thorsten Trapp (Dr.) is senior researcher at the Institute of Transplantation Diagnostics and Cell Therapeutics, Düsseldorf University, Germany.

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