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It’s Not Just Counting that Counts: a Reply to Gilbert, Viaña, and Ineichen

  • Robyn Bluhm
  • Laura Y. Cabrera
Original Paper


Gilbert et al. argue that discussions of self-related changes in patients undergoing DBS are overblown. They show that there is little evidence that these changes occur frequently and make recommendations for further research. We point out that their framing of the issue, their methodology, and their recommendations do not attend to other important questions about these changes.


Deep brain stimulation Personal identity Agency Autonomy Self Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy/Lyman Briggs CollegeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human MedicineMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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