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Indications for Psychosurgery: Some Theoretical Aspects

  • P. K. Bridges
  • J. R. Bartlett

Abstract

Ideas about the indications for psychosurgical operations depend upon the wider issue of hypotheses concerning the classification of psychiatric illnesses. A recent report by Hansen and colleagues (1982) gave quite numerous diagnoses for 65 patients who had been treated by stereotactic psychosurgery at one or more of three cerebral sites. Their paper tends to employ neuroanatomical concepts, especially involving the limbic system, to relate the diagnoses to the indicated operation sites. We suggest that the problem is better considered from the aspect of clinical psychiatry and not neuroanatomy.

Keywords

Affective Disorder Clinical Psychiatry Physical Treatment Operation Site Wide Issue 
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References

  1. Bartlett, J.R. Bridges, P.K. and Kelly, D., 1981, Contemporary indications for psychosurgery Brit. J. Psychiat., 38:507CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Hansen, H., Andersen, R., Theilgaard, A. and Lunn, V. 1982, Stereotactic Psychosurgery. Acta Psychiat. Scand., Suppl. 301:66Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. K. Bridges
    • 1
  • J. R. Bartlett
    • 1
  1. 1.The Geoffrey Knight Psychosurgical UnitThe Brook General HospitalLondonUK

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