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November 1954

PROGNOSIS IN TRANSORBITAL LOBOTOMIES RELATIVE TO BODY TYPE

Author Affiliations

ORANGEBURG, N. Y.; WERNERSVILLE, PA.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(5):565-567. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330050035005
Abstract

THE ESTABLISHMENT of a relationship between body type and response to psychosurgical procedures not only would be of theoretical interest but could be of use in selecting patients with a prognosis favorable enough to warrant the operative risk. The finding of such a correlation would not be demonstration that body type determined or "caused" the particular response but would only indicate that it was measurably related to such factors as did determine the result and might therefore be of prognostic value. In previous studies * it has been demonstrated that such a relationship probably exists, and the results in the series of 102 patients who received transorbital lobotomies tend to confirm this impression.

Patients from the Wernersville State Hospital, Wernersville, Pa., were operated on in late 1949 and early 1950. They were photographed in October, 1951, and the present article covers the period until January, 1953, so that the postoperative period

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