Psychosurgery: some current observations

S. A. Shevitz

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The term 'psychosurgery' encompasses a wide variety of different neurosurgical procedures applied in the treatment of behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Arguments about the effectiveness and ethicality of psychosurgery are often based on studies using outdated procedures or inappropriate patient populations. The debate over psychosurgery is also obscured by the frequent confusion between its use in classical psychiatric syndromes and in such controversial areas as aggression or violent behavior associated with temporal lobe epilepsy. The author believes that such factors need to be clarified so that practitioners can choose a personal position based on sound medical fact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-270
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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