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Deep Brain Stimulation by Kelvin L. Chou

Deep Brain Stimulation

by Kelvin L. Chou

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I added this to our library collection after I read it because it struck me as unique, pretty solidly based and addressing an area of growing concern among our aging population. The response in terms of the number of times it has been checked out, both locally and through interlibrary loan supports my initial impression. This is a very good addition to the consumer health section of any library. ( )
  sennebec | Sep 25, 2014 |
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Until a few years ago, Parkinson's and other brain issues were fairly foreign topics to me. I now have family members who have dealt with tumors, memory loss, tremors and more so I was very interested in this book.

Deep Brain Stimulation is not to be taken lightly but can be a life saver for those suffering from involuntary body movements. This book details all the steps involved before, during and after the surgery along with diagrams. The chapters also include a history of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), choosing a health care team, support network of family and friends, side effects and frequently asked questions. It also provides a glossary for terms used, a list of support organizations and commonly prescribed medicines.

While the three authors (all medical specialists) have provided very detailed information, they have compiled the book in a way that the reader can comprehend. For those considering DBS this is a well written source to consider. ( )
  Wrighty | Jan 3, 2013 |
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As a person with no previous knowledge of PD, dystonia, or essential tremor, this book read very easily and was very informative.

The book not only covers how the diseases are currently treated, both in the hopsital as well as after the patients return home, but it goes into the history of the diseases as well. Overall, a very informative and interesting read.
  moonlitshadow | Jul 9, 2012 |
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"In the United States, an estimated 42 million people suffer from some form of movement disorder, including Parkinsons disease (PD), essential tremor (ET), and dystonia. Although medications may be helpful for these conditions, in many patients, symptoms cannot be controlled with medications alone. In such situations, their physicians may recommend a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). DBS is a revolutionary technology using an implanted device to deliver electrical stimulation to the brain to help symptoms, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life. Deep brain stimulation has dramatically changed the lives of many patients with uncontrollable tremors. Patients often can resume normal activities, such as feeding and dressing themselves, and can have active and fulfilling lives. The need for anti-tremor medications is often reduced or eliminated. Though it's no longer considered experimental, DBS is, for now, still used as a second- or third-line treatment, reserved for patients with more advanced cases of the disease and those for whom medication alone is inadequate or can't be adjusted precisely enough to keep their tremors and writhing under control. The use of Deep Brain Stimulation continues to evolve and doctors are realizing that the earlier they perform the procedure the more they can improve the quality of life of their patients. Deep Brain Stimulation is the first book to be written by a team of experts that clearly explains the benefits, pros, and cons of this revolutionary new treatment"--Provided by publisher."A deep brain stimulator (DBS) device is like a pacemaker for the heart, but the electrodes are placed into the brain. DBS helps in neurological disorders by changing the activity of brain cells depending on where the electrodes are placed. In 1973, Yoshio Hosobuchi first performed chronic deep brain stimulation, to treat pain, by implanting electrodes. In 2002, long-term results of pallidal stimulation were reported for Parkinson's disease. Thus, this book discusses how Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and a few other neurological and psychiatric disorders are treated with DBS"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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