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Monitoring Cerebral Function: Clinical Experience with New Device for Continuous Recording of Electrical Activity of Brain

Br Med J 1971; 2 doi: (Published 26 June 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;2:736
  1. Pamela F. Prior,
  2. D. E. Maynard,
  3. P. C. Sheaff,
  4. B. R. Simpson,
  5. L. Strunin,
  6. E. J. M. Weaver,
  7. D. F. Scott


    A device, the cerebral function monitor, provides a continuous record of the electrical activity of the brain occurring at frequencies from 2 to 15 Hz. It is relatively cheap, portable, and easy to use and interpret. The apparatus has proved of value in three circumstances: firstly, when the cerebral circulation is likely to be vulnerable during open heart surgery; secondly, as a measure of recovery or deterioration following brain damage or drug overdose; and thirdly, where information about more physiological changes in cerebral function is required, for instance when testing anaesthetic and hypnotic drugs.