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July 1955

Psycho-chirurgie et fonctions mentales. Techniques—résultats applications thérapeutiques

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;74(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330130117019

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Abstract

LeBeau has gathered together his observations over the past several years on 175 patients treated by psychosurgery, principally topectomy. His choice of material has been fortunate, since the majority of patients have been of the type that could cooperate in the preoperative and postoperative studies. A considerable section is devoted to the psychologic study along the lines devised by Eysenck and applied by Petrie. The author presents the varied techniques of leucotomy, topectomy, cortical undercutting, etc., and furnishes detailed descriptions of his personal surgical methods. He stresses the importance not only of adequate exposure of the operative field, so that incisions and excisions can be done under direct vision, but also of recording the location of the incisions by means of roentgenologic verification with a variety of contrast mediums. Only in this way can the surgeon reach valid conclusions concerning the location and extent of his operations.

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