Psychosurgery in Italy, 1936—39

  title={Psychosurgery in Italy, 1936—39},
  author={Zbigniew Kotowicz},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={476 - 489}
In 1936 Egas Moniz introduced a new method for treating mental illness — psychosurgery. This new procedure was taken up immediately in a number of countries, including Italy. In most countries its introduction was slow and the numbers of operations were in single figures, but in Italy the introduction was rapid and around a dozen neuropsychiatrists reported much higher numbers of operations performed. Also in Italy the first innovations to the technique, notably the transorbital variation, were… 
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