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March 1952

Frontal Lobotomy and Affective Behavior: A Neurophysiological Analysis

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;67(3):417-418. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320150150019

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This small volume represents the Salmon Lectures for 1950. Fulton was slow to see the implications of his work with Jacobsen on the relation of frontal lobotomy in the chimpanzee to the use of frontal lobotomy on man for the relief of mental disorders and pain. In fact, it was ten years before he organized a research program at Yale to bring about an understanding of the neurophysiologic alterations that go along with the psychologic alterations after lobotomy and similar procedures. Now he is making up for lost time, and in this monograph he is able to refer to a large number of studies under way at Yale and elsewhere, the results of which will probably be published in due course.

Fulton is a neurophysiologist, and the material at his disposal is so vast that he cannot do justice to it all. There are so many perplexing, confusing, and contradictory