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Surgery aims to tackle depression

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 11:44am
BBC

A medical team at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol is pioneering a new form of surgery to treat long term depression.

The technique is called deep brain stimulation and involves the use of electrodes which are implanted into the brain through holes drilled in the skull.

The electrodes are then inserted into a battery pack which delivers small amounts of electricity to stimulate or inhibit specific areas in the brain.

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