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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User Review  - brook - Goodreads

Interesting in itself, but not a "layman's" read. Too detailed, almost a reference. Still, some really interesting factoids in there. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

A detailed history of the rise and decline of psychosurgery, mostly focusing on lobotomy. Some gut-wrenching details that left me reading in fascinated horror, and ultimately with huge amounts of pity ... 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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