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November 26, 1973


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1610 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009

JAMA. 1973;226(9):1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230090045020

To the Editor.—  The Journal (225:916, 1973) described me as "Undoubtedly the one person most responsible for politicizing psychosurgery...." In this and a succeeding article (225:1035, 1973), the writer defends lobotomists and psychosurgeons and promotes their work as pure science unhappily corrupted by political attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth. The psychosurgeons offer no more scientific evidence than they did in the first disastrous wave of lobotomies and as early as 1967 attempted to gain public and congressional support for their work by linking it to political fears of violent ghetto uprisings and assassinations. I only entered the political arena as a counterforce to their own strenuous political campaign.Drs. Mark, Sweet, Ervin, and Delgado were featured (1968) in a cover story in Life.1 On the cover are pictures of Sirhan Sirhan and Earl Ray with the headlines, "The Two Accused," and "The Psychobiology of Violence." The article