Brain lobotomy: a historical and moral dilemma with no alternative?

  title={Brain lobotomy: a historical and moral dilemma with no alternative?},
  author={Louis-Marie Terrier and Marc L{\'e}věque and Aymeric Amelot},
  journal={World neurosurgery},
Molecular basis and clinical perspectives of deep brain stimulation for major depressive disorder
It is possible to consider the stimulation of the cingulate gyrus in its portion below the corpus callosum (SCC) as an effective, promising, and safe alternative intervention for treatment-resistant depression.
Fetal Pain in the First Trimester
Current neuroscientific evidence indicates the possibility of fetal pain perception during the first trimester (<14 weeks gestation), and the use of fetal analgesia suppresses the hormonal, physiologic, and behavioral responses to pain.
Primary Literature In Clinical Neuroscience for In-Person Or Remote Instruction.
A series of published articles in clinical neuroscience are described that are used in an undergraduate neuroscience course that challenge the simplistic views of brain localization of function and demonstrate the dynamic and plastic properties of the brain.


Psychosurgery in Sweden 1944–1964
Results on hitherto unknown data on lobotomies performed at the former State Mental Hospital of Umedalen in the north of Sweden support earlier findings of female preponderance in the number of lobotomy operations and make the first mapping of early psychosurgery in Sweden.
History of psychosurgery at Sainte-Anne Hospital, Paris, France, through translational interactions between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons.
The history of Sainte-Anne Hospital's Neurosurgery Department sheds light on the initiation-yet fast reconsideration-of psychosurgery in France, which was probably due to the historically strong collaboration between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons in France.
The origins and persistence of psychosurgery in the state of Iowa.
The history of psychosurgery in the state of Iowa and particularly at the University of Iowa Department of Neurosurgery is described, where frontal lobotomies gave way to more targeted lesions such as anterior cingulotomies and to neuromodulation through deep brain stimulation.
A Transnational Perspective on Psychosurgery: Beyond Portugal and the United States
  • B. Collins, H. Stam
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Journal of the history of the neurosciences
  • 2014
One of the first transnational accounts of psychosurgery is provided to demonstrate the existence of a global psychosurgical community in which more than 40 countries participated, bolstered, critiqued, modified and heralded the treatment.
Therapeutic effectiveness and social context: the case of lobotomy in a California state hospital, 1947-1954.
  • J. Braslow
  • Medicine
    The Western journal of medicine
  • 1999
This essay examines how physicians' use of a Nobel Prize winning intervention reflected both institutional needs and cultural values concerning women, illustrating how the social world can become an indivisible part of what physicians' deem as disease and therapeutic effectiveness.
France: a national committee debates the issues.
  • C. Ambroselli
  • Medicine, Political Science
    The Hastings Center report
  • 1984
The French government is beginning to take an active interest in legal and ethical issues surrounding health care, new reproductive technologies, and biomedical research. The creation in 1983 of a
La population des établissements psychiatriques : évolution de la morbidité ou changement de stratégie médicale ?
Mesle France y Vallin Jacques. — Caracteristicas de los pacientes atendidos cambio de la estrategia medica. en los establecimientos psiquiatricos : evolucion de la morbilidad о Despues de la guerra