Personality and Neurosurgery

Proceedings of the Third Convention of the Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica Brussels, August 30–September 2, 1987

  • Jean Brihaye
  • Luc Calliauw
  • Friedrich Loew
  • Raymond van den Bergh

Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yoshiya Kato
      Pages 3-4
    3. Willy de Clercq
      Pages 5-5
  3. Meaning of Human Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. M. Brandeleer
      Pages 9-18
    3. Hajime Nakamura
      Pages 19-32
  4. Methodology of Personality Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. G. Stroobandt
      Pages 47-47
  5. Changes of Personality as Consequence of Severe Brain Injuries

  6. Epilepsy and Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. E. Thiery
      Pages 97-97
    3. M. R. Trimble
      Pages 98-101
    4. Y. Lebrun
      Pages 106-110
  7. Aphasia and Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. X. Seron, M. van der Linden
      Pages 113-117
  8. Psychosurgery and Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. P. Cosyns
      Pages 121-124
    3. H. Th. Ballantine Jr.
      Pages 125-128
    4. P. Mindus, H. Nyman, A. Rosenquist, E. Rydin, B. A. Meyerson
      Pages 138-144
    5. L. V. Laitinen
      Pages 158-162
    6. J. van Manen, C. W. M. van Veelen
      Pages 167-169
    7. A. J. Bouckoms
      Pages 173-178
    8. B. Ramamurthi
      Pages 179-180
  9. General Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. J. Brihaye
      Pages 183-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-187

About these proceedings


The human personality is inextricably bound up with, among other things, the function of the central nervous system. Diseases and malfunctions of the brain, head injuries and neurosurgical operations can all result in permanently altered behaviour patterns. This interrelation between brain and behaviour is most clearly demonstrated in cases involving functional neurosurgery and severe traumatic lesions. Despite the fact that this interrelation represents an everyday challenge to the neurosurgeon, it is a question which receives less attention than it deserves in neurosurgical meetings. Given the scope and complexity of this topic, it is not possible to cover every aspect of it here: hence, discussion is limited to the impact on personality of injuries, language, epilepsy and psychosurgery. However, before considering the medical aspects, it was deemed necessary to try and arrive at a definition of "personality". This question was discussed by a number of philosophers representing various perspectives. Their diversity of viewpoints and conceptions greatly enriched the discussions.


Nervous System attention brain central nervous system epilepsy head neurosurgery surgery trauma

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Brihaye
    • 1
  • Luc Calliauw
    • 2
  • Friedrich Loew
    • 3
  • Raymond van den Bergh
    • 4
  1. 1.Clinique NeurochirurgicaleBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Kliniek voor NeurochirurgieGentBelgium
  3. 3.Neurochirurgische UniversitätsklinikHomburg/SaarFederal Republic of Germany
  4. 4.Kliniek voor Neurologie en NeurochirurgieKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-9007-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-9005-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-1419
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