Indications for Psychosurgery: Some Theoretical Aspects
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.
KeywordsAffective Disorder Clinical Psychiatry Physical Treatment Operation Site Wide Issue
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- Hansen, H., Andersen, R., Theilgaard, A. and Lunn, V. 1982, Stereotactic Psychosurgery. Acta Psychiat. Scand., Suppl. 301:66Google Scholar