PDP-8/E brain surgery station

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Date Introduced
1970
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 74 in x 48 in x 26 in
Manufacturer
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
102667562
Speed
416,557 adds/sec
Memory Type
Core
Memory Size
4K words
Memory Width
12-bit
Cost
$6,500

This brain surgery station served as a controller for a device that mapped the brain’s response to stimuli. Previously, brain surgeons had to keep patients awake during surgery. By wiring patients to a computer, doctors could stimulate nerves and analyze brain responses while patients slept.