Brain Stimulation for Pain Control

  • Yoshio Hosobuchi
Part of the Contemporary Perspectives in Neurosurgery book series (COPENEU)


Electrical stimulation of specific anatomical sites in the human brain has been used to obtain relief or suppression of pain since 1960, when Heath and Mickle reported suppression of pain in patients by stimulation of the septal area. 1 Others subsequently used therapeutic stimulation of subcortical areas, such as the median forebrain bundle2 and the caudate nucleus,3 but, for more than a decade, little attention was paid to these sporadic clinical efforts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshio Hosobuchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurological Surgery, Section of Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, School of MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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