Fri October 26, 2007
Reclaiming My Body: A Journey with Deep Brain Stimulation (Part Two)
By Robert Spekman
Charlottesville, VA – In this week's Civic Soapbox, the essay makes way for the narrative.
Deep brain stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. At present, the procedure is used only for Parkinson's patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.
Dr. Robert Spekman has Parkinson's Disease. Following is a two-part narrative he calls "Reclaiming My Body: A Journey with Deep Brain Stimulation."
Dr. Robert Spekman is a professor at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.