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Last Resort: Psychosurgery and the Limits of Medicine
     

Last Resort: Psychosurgery and the Limits of Medicine

by Jack D. Pressman, Charles Rosenberg, Colin Jones
 

ISBN-10: 0521353718

ISBN-13: 9780521353717

Pub. Date: 03/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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 whenever incompetent or malicious physicians are allowed to overstep the boundaries of valid medical science. Last Resort challenges the previously accepted psychosurgery story and raises new questions about what we should consider its important lessons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521353717
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Psychiatry's renaissance; 2. Sufficient promise; 3. Certain benefit; 4. Active treatment; 5. Human salvage; 6. Localized decisions; 7. The politics of precision; 8. Medicine controlled; Epilogue and conclusion; Appendix.

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