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Last resort : psychosurgery and the limits of medicine

Author: Jack David Pressman
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge history of medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the 1940s and 1950s, tens of thousands of Americans underwent some form of psychosurgery; that is, their brains were operated upon for the putative purpose of treating mental illness. From today's perspective, such medical practices appear foolhardy at best, perhaps even barbaric; most commentators thus have seen in the story of lobotomy an important warning about the kinds of hazards that society will face
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack David Pressman
ISBN: 0521353718 9780521353717
OCLC Number: 36729044
Description: xv, 555 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Jack D. Pressman: An Appreciation / Gerald N. Grob --
Introduction: A Stab in the Dark --
1. Psychiatry's Renaissance: The Problem of Mental Disorder, 1921-1935 --
2. Sufficient Promise: John F. Fulton and the Origins of Lobotomy --
3. Certain Benefit: Initial Impressions of the Operation --
4. Active Treatment: Somatic Therapy and State Hospital Reform --
5. Human Salvage: Why Psychosurgery Worked in 1949 (and Not Now) --
6. Localizing Decisions: Psychosurgery and the Art of Medicine --
7. The Politics of Precision: The Quest for a Better Lobotomy --
8. Medicine Controlled: Psychiatry's Evolution as a Science and a Profession --
Epilogue: The New Synthesis --
Statistical Portrait of Psychosurgery at McLean Hospital, 1938-1954.
Series Title: Cambridge history of medicine.
Responsibility: Jack D. Pressman.
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This book, first published in 1998, revisits the period in the 1940s and 1950s when many Americans were operated on for mental illness.  Read more...

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' ... impressive work ... Regrettably, Pressman died shortly after finishing this work. Had he lived, he would undoubtedly have made further important contributions to medical history'. Hugh Freeman, Read more...

 
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