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January 14, 1974

Brain Surgery and Abortionists

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland

JAMA. 1974;227(2):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230150052030

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To the Editor.—  In their article "Brain Surgery in Aggressive Epileptics" (226:765, 1973), Mark and Neville make clear the "solid" relationship of "aggressive, assaultive behavior" to "focal brain disease." They even identify the kind of violent behavior for which neurosurgery might be legitimate: "Personal violent behavior, unwarranted and usually unprovoked acts that directly attempt to, or actually do, injure or destroy another person or thing."Obvious to all, the most common candidates for such psychosurgery are abortionists.