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December 1950

Introduction à la psychochirurgie

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(6):903-904. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310300150020

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Puech died before this small volume could be written, but his assistants have written it almost in the first person, since Puech impressed his ideas so strongly on them. The book contains a rather well integrated summary of the work of many years carried out by the senior author and reported by him from time to time. Puech extended the concept of psychosurgery to all procedures carried out on the nervous system for the relief of mental symptoms, whether or not there were gross lesions present. Thus, he (through his colleagues) teaches that psychosurgery may be "lesional," as well as "functional." Most authors follow Freeman and Watts in their concept of psychosurgery as consisting of operations on the anatomically normal brain for the purpose of relieving mental disorders. Puech, however, begins with a consideration of tumors and the results of their extirpation and passes on to trauma and disturbances of

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