Brain Defibrillators: Synopsis, Problems and Future Directions
The goal of this text was to challenge experts in epilepsy, bioengineering and dynamical systems theory to discuss the possibility of building a brain defibrillator to treat epilepsy. Of course nobody can claim that such a device exists, and for that matter is even possible. However, even the most skeptical reader must admit that surprising progress has been made on the three most important components of such a device: 1) seizure prediction; 2) treatment strategies; and 3) delivery of treatment strategies. Moreover, initial attempts at the feedback control of seizures in epileptic tissue (Chaps. 15 and 17) and the human brain (Chap. 14) have been surprisingly successful.
KeywordsDeep Brain Stimulation Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Excitable Medium Wave Phenomenon Epilepsy Surgery
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