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Title:
Last resort : psychosurgery and the limits of medicine
Author:
Pressman, Jack David.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xv, 555 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521353717
Format :
Book

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Central Library RD594 .P655 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

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, first published in 1998, challenges the previously accepted psychosurgery story and raises new questions about what we should consider its important lessons.


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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