November 29, 2009

Psychosurgery: New techniques sure to raise old questions

When Americans hear the term "Brain Surgery" their first thought may be of Jack Nicholson's character in the 1975 movie "One Flew over the Cuckoo's nest" and the crippling lobotomy performed on him. Indeed, "Psychosurgery" was popularized in the United States during the 1930's and 1940's when the American physician Walter Freeman advocated the use of lobotomies to treat patients with various mental illnesses. Thousands of Americans were subjected to these brutal "procedures" to devastating effect. But, scientific inquiry and progress is a long and winding road; and, it should be no surprise that new, less invasive psychosurgeries are being Read more...
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