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December 1, 1951

Frontal Lobotomy and Affective Behavior: A Neurophysiological Analysis

JAMA. 1951;147(14):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310086035

This brief monograph represents the Thomas W. Salmon memorial lectures delivered by Dr. Fulton before the New York Academy of Medicine. The first chapter concerns the historical aspects of the relationship of the brain, particularly the frontal lobes, to animal behavior. The second chapter deals with the relation of the brain, particularly the hypothalamus and the cerebral cortex, to autonomic functions (principally visceral and vasomotor activities). Chapter 3 discusses the effect on behavior of ablation of various parts of the animal brain, while the fourth and last chapter concerns the results of frontal lobotomy in man.

This is an interesting little book and will prove valuable to many who are not too familiar with frontal lobotomy and its anatomic and physiological background. It is, however, somewhat superficial in its treatment of the subject and suffers from the fact that its author has had little first-hand experience with patients who have

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