Great and Desperate Cures: The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments for Mental Illness

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Basic Books, 1986 - Medical - 338 pages
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Chronicles the history of psychosurgery, more popularly known as lobotomy, profiles the pioneers of this treatment, and explains why opposition to this dangerous surgery was ineffective

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Great and desperate cures: the rise and decline of psychosurgery and other radical treatments for mental illness

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This is a lively, fascinating, and yet scholarly account of the history of the use of psychosurgery in treating men tal disorders. Focused in particular on the extraordinary Walter Freeman, with whom ... Read full review


Organic versus Functional Approaches
Bizarre Illnesses Bizarre Treatment
Anything That Holds Out Hope Should Be Tried

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Elliot S. Valenstein is emeritus professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan and the author of "Blaming the Brain: The Truth about Drugs and Mental Health" and "Great and Desperate Cures,

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