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Cortical stimulator, 2369

A cortical stimulator used aboard the Enterprise-D

Cortical stimulator VOY

A cortical stimulator used aboard USS Voyager

The cortical stimulator was a medical device used to revive neural activity in the nervous system of critical patients by delivering an electrical shock to induce brain activity. It was almost always attached to the temples or foreheads of humanoids. Cortical stimulators were standard equipment in the sickbays of Starfleet vessels in the 24th century.

In 2154, Captain Jonathan Archer used a cortical stimulator, as directed by Phlox, in a vain attempt to revive Hoshi Sato. (ENT: "Observer Effect")

In 2364, Doctor Beverly Crusher used a cortical stimulator in a vain attempt to revive Lieutenant Natasha Yar after she was struck down by Armus. (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

On stardate 45944, Dr. Crusher attempted to revive Captain Jean-Luc Picard with a cortical stimulator following his exposure to the Kataan probe. The stimulator's interruption of the beam from the Kataan probe caused Picard to go into neural shock, which only stabilized when the cortical stimulator was removed. The probe later disengaged the beam safely, and Picard recovered without further intervention, though the probe made him live fifty years of another being's life in approximately twenty real-time minutes. (TNG: "The Inner Light")

In 2369, Dr. Crusher used it to revive Counselor Deanna Troi after temporarily inducing clinical death to break a telepathic bond that was sapping her life force to keep Federation mediator Ves Alkar artificially young. Also that year, Jean-Luc Picard again had to be revived with cortical stimulators after an energy blast in a sudden gunfight on an away mission caused his artificial heart to temporarily malfunction. (TNG: "Man of the People", "Tapestry")

In 2370, Dr. Julian Bashir revived Quark with a cortical stimulator after he suffered extensive neural trauma from being shot. (DS9: "Necessary Evil")

In 2371, The Doctor used two cortical stimulators to return Commander Chakotay's bio-neural energy to his body in sickbay. (VOY: "Cathexis")

In 2372, The Doctor attempted to revive Crewman Kurt Bendera with a cortical stimulator. It was unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead soon after. (VOY: "Alliances")

In 2373, The Doctor also used one on Tuvok when he suffered a t'lokan schism, and later on Captain Kathryn Janeway when she suffered a near-fatal injury. (VOY: "Flashback", "Coda")


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