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(Smithsonian Magazine)   "It's hard to fault Foote for not going into greater detail about the underlying science, since he is, at that very moment, boring a hole in Haning's skull"   (smithsonianmag.com) divider line 31
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2014-04-23 09:47:20 AM  
The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.
 
2014-04-23 09:48:22 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-23 11:09:50 AM  
There are non-invasive ways to do neurostimulation.  One of our devices is going through FDA now:

http://tcnl.bme.wisc.edu/taxonomy/term/23
 
2014-04-23 11:44:21 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.


It would have worked if you hadn't stopped me!
 
2014-04-23 12:42:32 PM  
Nopes all the way down. I'll just get a new hobby, thanks.
 
2014-04-23 12:57:10 PM  
That's a pretty good article subby, thanks.

Also a fair characterization of the difference in neurologists and neurosurgeons.
 
2014-04-23 01:43:42 PM  
BORING.
 
2014-04-23 01:47:14 PM  
Egon, this reminds me of the time...
 
2014-04-23 01:50:42 PM  
Alas, poor Yorik!
 
2014-04-23 01:54:32 PM  
Did it just get drafty in here or is there a hole in my head?
 
2014-04-23 01:55:35 PM  
elective brain surgery

let that just sink in for a bit.
 
2014-04-23 01:56:30 PM  

uncleacid: Did it just get drafty in here or is there a hole in my head?


dude, you be trepan
 
2014-04-23 01:57:46 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.


I can't even stand seeing cartoon drawings of brains let alone the real thing.
 
2014-04-23 01:59:39 PM  
I need trepanation like I need a hole in the head.
 
2014-04-23 02:09:49 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.


Me as well.

We've gotten better at it, it's not shooting in the dark anymore, but Bones would still not approve.
 
2014-04-23 02:12:03 PM  
If you want to have a complete and utter freakout, have a look at self-trepanation.  Yes, that is a thing.
 
2014-04-23 02:13:01 PM  
I usually just sleep with a helmet that I made out of about 2,500 wrapping of copper wire hooked up to a car battery I keep on my nightstand. That seems to do the trick.
 
2014-04-23 02:13:27 PM  
As some who has had essential tremors causing shaky hands since I was 16, NO THANKS.

A little shaking is better than a hole in the head.

/yes I realize some shake much worse
 
2014-04-23 02:19:12 PM  

Attention Whore of Babylon: have a look at self-trepanation


Nope, nope, nope... I've met someone who espoused it (in words at least, I bugged out before I was offered a chance to see their scar).  My first thought was: "And you vote, drive and can have kids".  My second thought was: "Hrmm, time to be anywhere else."
 
2014-04-23 02:22:19 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.


For folks with severe issues it's a godsend.  I knew a guy back at my old job with severe Parkinsons, to the extent it was difficult for him to eat, much less use a computer or write on a blackboard.  He got one of these deep brain stimulators and the difference was enormous- he still had the tremors but he could do fairly normal activities.
 
2014-04-23 02:25:22 PM  
Extreme piercing.
 
2014-04-23 02:26:20 PM  

Russ1642: MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.

I can't even stand seeing cartoon drawings of brains let alone the real thing.


I'm the same way with spinal cords. Anatomy and Physiology was an amazing course, but holding even the plastic models of a spine just made my skin crawl.
 
2014-04-23 02:30:55 PM  
I think seeing a brain while talking to the person it belonged to would be amazing.  I've had a conversation with a patient while I was replacing the antibiotic soaked gauze where her sternum had been as it had become infected after surgery and was being debrided... When you took the packing out to clean the wound area and put the new packing material in, you could see her heart beating in her chest.... it was amazing....

To this day, it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen... to have this person alive and just bs-ing with you and you can literally see into her chest and look at her beating heart.
 
2014-04-23 02:37:08 PM  
Ask Paul Krendler from "Hannibal"
 
2014-04-23 03:02:08 PM  

pkrzycki: I think seeing a brain while talking to the person it belonged to would be amazing.  I've had a conversation with a patient while I was replacing the antibiotic soaked gauze where her sternum had been as it had become infected after surgery and was being debrided... When you took the packing out to clean the wound area and put the new packing material in, you could see her heart beating in her chest.... it was amazing....

To this day, it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen... to have this person alive and just bs-ing with you and you can literally see into her chest and look at her beating heart.


... You don't have any white cats do you? I'm just trying to figure out on which side of the hero/villain line you might end up.

But seriously, that is awesome.
 
2014-04-23 03:35:39 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: MelGoesOnTour: The thought of boring a hole into the skull and exposing the brain makes me queasy.

Me as well.

We've gotten better at it, it's not shooting in the dark anymore, but Bones would still not approve.


dealing with medievalism here...
 
2014-04-23 03:49:14 PM  

www.centraliadiscgolf.com

It's spelled "Foot".

 
2014-04-23 04:26:00 PM  

pkrzycki: you can literally see into her chest and look at her beating heart


GAAAAHHHHH!!!!
 
2014-04-23 08:41:46 PM  
"Suddenly it's one of the most exciting treatments in modern medicine. With seemingly millions of potential DBS patients, it's easy to imagine a future where brain implants may become as common as hip replacements. "

I find the idea of a medical market size a bit creepy. Especially something as intrusive and permanent as treppaning.

Oh, and how does it compare to treppaning, effect wise?

/bring back clinical LSD!
 
2014-04-24 01:42:58 AM  

FarkinGoofy: I need trepanation like I need a hole in the head.


Tautologically.
 
2014-04-24 01:11:29 PM  
Side trip to Tahiti?   I understand it's a magical place.
 
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