May 28, 2024

China bans brain surgery for drug addiction

The Chinese government has banned the use of brain surgery to rehabilitate drug addicts, a practice which has become popular despite the lack of research to back it up. The Ministry of Health appears to be determined to rein in doctors who want to commercialise the operation. According to a commentary in China Daily, “people willing to undergo surgery cannot possibly have a complete idea about the potential risks on which even experts have not reached a consensus.”