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Great and Desperate Cures. The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments for Mental Illness.


ISBN 10: 0465027105 / ISBN 13: 9780465027101
Published by New York: Basic Books, 1986., 1986
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xiv, 338 pp; illus. Original cloth. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ST0914

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Title: Great and Desperate Cures. The Rise and ...

Publisher: New York: Basic Books, 1986.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Chronicles the history of psychosurgery, more popularly known as lobotomy, profiles the pioneers of this treatment, and explains why opposition to this dangerous surgery was ineffective

From Publishers Weekly:

Neuropsychologist Valenstein (Brain Control, etc.) here offers a critical and academic history of psychosurgery that he deems a "cautionary tale." The same factors that contributed to the rapid, injudicious acceptance of the lobotomy operationdesperate patients and their families, overcrowded mental institutions, sensationalism by the popular media, physicians' self-aggrandizementtoday still play a major role in prematurely promoting "miracle" medical techniques, warns the author. Beginning with a chronicle of early psychomedical experimental cures, Valenstein examines the development of shock therapy and the careers of the first psychosurgeon, Egas Moniz, and his successor, Walter Freeman, now infamous for his 10-minute "ice-pick operation." This rather chilling account will foster a profound, and not unhealthy, distrust of science, the medical profession and the media; one hopes its academic nature will not deter the general reader from attempting it.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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