Re: TMS treatment [was Re: American Psychiatric Association]

Ken Clements (
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 14:16:43 -0700

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:


> Does anyone have a pointer to hard peer-reviewed studies on this?
> Is there a proposed mechanism of action?

I am also interested in finding these. On page 27 of _Mapping The Brain_ (1998), Rita Carter writes:

"A technique called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses a powerful magnetic field to stimulate or inhibit precise areas of the brain. Trials in several countries have shown that it can help relieve depression, and doctors at the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes are currently trying it on people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mania."

She gives "Private correspondence between the author and Professor Eric Wassermann" as the cite for this. Perhaps someone can track down Wassermann for us.