Radio Communication with the Brain

  • José M. R. Delgado

Abstract

Many human beings are alive today because of recently developed electronic technology which has replaced the activity of defective biologic mechanisms. It is well known that a variety of organs, including the bladder, intestinal tract, stomach, muscles, and heart, can be driven by electrical stimulation provided by suitable instruments. It should be clarified, however, that this type of pacemaking is relatively simple in spite of its transcendental importance in saving the life of a patient with respiratory or cardiac arrest. When driving the contractions of the heart, we are providing a nonspecific trigger to an organ with functional consequences rigidly preestablished: the heart has only one response, the cardiac systole. Stimulation of the intestine produces the single-effect of peristaltic contractions. In contrast, the functional manifestations of the central nervous system have extraordinary multiplicity, and the brain holds the master control of most autonomic, somatic, behavioral, and psychic activities.

Keywords

Epoxy Encapsulation Stimul Harness 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • José M. R. Delgado
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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