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Psychosurgery

A Scientific Analysis

  • Mark A. J. O’Callaghan
  • Douglas Carroll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 1-15
  3. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 17-38
  4. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 39-68
  5. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 69-93
  6. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 95-115
  7. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 117-126
  8. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 127-193
  9. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 195-218
  10. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 219-236
  11. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 237-253
  12. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 255-275
  13. Mark A. J. O’Callaghan, Douglas Carroll
    Pages 277-289
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 291-332

About this book

Introduction

Of all the therapies that comprise psychiatric practice, the use of brain surgery to modify behaviour is the most contentious. That such behavioural neuro­ surgery, or psychosurgery, provokes opposition is far from surprising. The paramount status of the brain seems to belie mechanical intervention. The irreversible nature of the intervention seems to aggravate the outrage. Thus, opponents of the practice contend that psychosurgical procedures constitute a grievous assault on the integrity of the personality. Its proponents, on the other hand, confidently testify that it is a valid and efficacious form of treat­ ment for many seemingly intractable psychiatric disorders. Argument and counterargument have pursued the practice since its initial upsurge in the 1940s, although the decline in its popularity in the 1960s occasioned a tem­ porary cease-fire. However, the recent resurgence of psychosurgery has ensured that it is once again a matter of controversy. In the United Kingdom the characteristically subdued tenor of the debate frequently obscures the popularity of the practice and the commitment of its opposition. A recent application by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to the Medical Research Council for funds to mount a large controlled trial of psychosurgical procedures was turned down. Several opposition lobbyists might claim some credit for the proposal's lack of success. The Schizophrenia Association of Great Bri tain clearly and publicly expressed their disapproval of the trial. The Patient's Protection Law Committee presented Parliament with a petition condemning the Royal College's submission.

Keywords

surgery

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark A. J. O’Callaghan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Douglas Carroll
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamEngland
  2. 2.District Psychology Services, Department of PsychologyHollymoor HospitalBirminghamEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-9703-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-9705-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9703-1
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