“Interpreting Patients’ Beliefs About Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression: The Need for Caution and for Context” is an open peer commentary available in the latest AJOB Neuroscience issue. Michigan State University co-authors Dr. Laura Cabrera, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, and Dr. Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Lyman Briggs College, are currently working on an NIH BRAIN Initiative funded project on a related topic.
Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Bluhm focus on two points raised by the Lawrence et al. paper. First, they discussed a couple methodological decisions made by the authors which may have had an important influence on the results presented in the article. The second point relates to the work of Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Bluhm, examining differences in the bioethics literature’s discussion of deep brain stimulation and public comments on newspaper and magazine studies covering the intervention; this part of the open peer commentary shows how their findings can help to deepen the analysis by Lawrence et al.
The full text is available online via Taylor & Francis Online (MSU Library or other institutional access may be required to view this article).