leucotomy


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Synonyms for leucotomy

surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain

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-Limbic Leucotomy: This surgical treatment is a combination of the "anterior cingulotomy" and the "subcaudate tractotomy" techniques (3, 13-15).
The appearance of this new procedure, crowned with the Nobel Prize in 1949, the existence of effective psychoactive medication in hospitals, used in the treatment of mental illnesses, as well as the high maintenance and treatment costs of psychiatric patients, led to the use of frontal leucotomy "en masse", followed by an attempt to reintegrate into society (32).
Testing a 67-year-old schizophrenic woman who had a prefrontal leucotomy at age 31, she still had paranoid symptoms and a history of many post-operative hospitalizations.
Daphne, the novel's protagonist, is in a mental hospital, and near the end of the novel Daphne is slated for a leucotomy. The day before Daphne is to have the operation, her father and brother visit.
Garrett wrote that "the normal African Negro resemble[d] the European after a frontal leucotomy" (19) but that no matter how intelligent "a Negro may be, his ancestors were (and his kinsmen still are) savages ..." (20) In private correspondence Garrett suggested that "our best bet" to prevent implementation of the Brown decision would be to "[m]ake the white schools so unpleasant for them that the Negroes withdraw...." (21) In addition to annual gifts in appreciation for these efforts, Garrett received a bequest of $50,000 in Draper's will--now over $200,000 adjusted for inflation.
Jekyll until he won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1949 for the development of prefrontal leucotomy (otherwise known as a lobotomy).
In 1952 she was slated for the dreaded "prefrontal leucotomy" operation.
QI RECENTLY heard that an operation called a leucotomy can be used to deal with mental illness.
"But I still am interested in the leucotomy. I wondered, Elaine (if you have any time) - don't have to - but wondered if you could find out a little about it for me and what it exactly is and does, and what people have had it recently, what they experience?
The leucotomy, carried out last month, was aimed at tackling her anorexia.
of patients (and rate per 1000) Register Matched patients controls Diagnostic category (n = 559) (n = 559) Schizophrenia or paranoid psychosis 18 (32.2) 4 (7.2) Bipolar affective psychosis 6 (10.7) 0 Depression (unipolar) 27 (48.3) 12 (21.5) Neurosis or personality disorder 4 (7.1) 1 (1.8) Chronic alcoholism 5 (8.9) 2 (3.6) Other 3 (5.4) 0 All psychiatric diagnoses 63 (112.3) 19 (34.0) Table 7, which also presents population-based rates, provides some supporting evidence, in terms of raised probabilities among the dementia register patients of having been admitted to psychiatric in-patient care and undergone electro-convulsive therapy, prefrontal leucotomy, or treatment with lithium or neuroleptic drugs.
In clinical psychology the so-called "last resort" treatment is prefrontal leucotomy, equivalent in organisational terms to sacking the chief executive.
The most common modern psychosurgical procedures are limbic leucotomy, capsulotomy, cingulotomy and subcaudate tractotomy and involve a close collaboration between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons.
(1) Prefrontal lobotomy (leucotomy) was initially heralded as a major medical advance in 1935; its originator, neurosurgeon Antonio Egas Moniz, shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1949 for what is now regarded as mayhem.
Back in 1937 scientists believed that abnormal models of functional and structural neuroanatomy of mood and regulation of behaviour were the consequences of dysfunctional thalamocortical communication, with the resulting introduction of methods of prefrontal leucotomy, and then lobotomy with numerous complications [2].