Robert Fischell: TED Prize wish: Finding new cures for migraine, depression, malpractice



Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.

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17 Comments

  • Samuel Friedrich

    "I recommend this guide:
    phip.best/mremedy/FSy
    So grateful it exists in 2020."

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • tlockerk

    Ten years later…where IS that migraine gun???

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • fridgiddesire

    If you are concerned about africa… join dr's without borders??? I want the migraine gun..

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • F. Zero

    Well to argue that they shouldn't kill pigs to save humans, is to argue they shouldn't make and give vaccines, due to the chance that it will kill the person who receives it. Humans are flawed, are methods are flawed, we have to deal.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • 91Rache

    and ethnocentric! "the advanced society" vs "africa" which is representative of all "OTHER" societies….

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • Laura

    I agree. He says, this is how heart attack victims are treated in a hospital in an advanced society. I say, I'm not surprised when you're still required to torture animals in order to prove something works (which is no guarantee it will, you still have to use clinical trials on humans).

    I expected more from TED, but it's obvious this man has a very strong anthropocentric view, and it doesn't matter how many "lesser" animals are killed in the process. Not very progressive, is it?

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • VGMasterFreak

    Same!!

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • Michael Jackson

    Would you rather take the small risk of having the device malfunction but have the reward of detecting a HORRIBLE DEATH or would you prefer to avoid the minor risk and live life never knowing when you'll drop dead? You're welcome to choose whatever you want…I'm going with the device.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • blackrobe2007

    What if the first device malfunctions, and I get dragged to the hospital!

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • tastyscavenger

    @DavidSabine would it have been better if they fried it up afterwords?

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • 098anne

    Interesting ideas. Wish he could shut his pie hole on social matters tho'.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • David Sabine

    @gingimlet55 I agree. If the US wants to reduce costs related to litigation, then get rid of the HMOs.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • David Sabine

    4:23 How many pigs died in the ridiculous studies?
    8:30 …another animal killed.

    I expect more from TED. I expect that TED shouldn't support cruel practices like animal testing.

    TED gave this man a PRIZE? C'mon TED – not cool. Give your prize instead to the person who convinces the FDA that pigs aren't humans! Any results of such tests are, at best, circumstantial, and often prove to be irrelevant.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • rb2h

    great! i'm doing an assignment about the first device, will definitely help!

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • werecow2003

    I sometimes get migraine headaches, some of which start with a visual aura. It's actually pretty fascinating, but it's also quite creepy, and you lose part of your visual perceptive field temporarily. The headaches are kind of a bitch, too, though the aura actually allows you to take a paracetamol in advance, which typically makes them a lot less severe. I'd love to try his mind gun, though. }|:o)

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • LusoCMD

    Great Sir you are a inspiration and the type of people this world needs. Great job.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply
  • efferelaxe

    poor pig, should have found another way.

    April 29, 2020 - 4:14 pm Reply

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