Neural Implants and Recovery of Function: Human Work

  • Edward Hitchcock
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 325)


Organ transplantation is an accepted treatment for renal, hepatic and cardiorespiratory diseases and the principles of harvesting and transplantation technique, together with the maintenance of organ function are well established. The ethical aspects of harvesting have been widely debated52,61 and, in most countries, appropriate regulations have been formulated which support and, indeed, may encourage organ donation. As regards neural transplantation, however, these principles are yet to be agreed and the clinical value established. Consequently, the management of patients with neural degenerative disease, who potentially have much to gain, is uncertain and, the ethical issues are still hotly debated.23,43,47,52,55,61


Caudate Nucleus Ventral Mesencephalon Neural Transplantation Stereotactic Technique Open Craniotomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Hitchcock
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Birmingham MCNNSmethwick West MidlandsEngland

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