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November 1955

Lobotomy: A Clinical Study.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(5):701. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250160143017

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This publication is a paper-bound monograph representing the results of a six-year clinical study concerning lobotomies. It is presented in a scientific and statistical fashion and although a generous number of graphs and tables serve to illustrate the contents they do so without detracting from its readability. The over-all plan for the study is first discussed, along with a critical evaluation of the case material selected for the undertaking. The surgical procedures utilized are reviewed, along with the various operative and postoperative complications. One section deals with the evaluation of predictive judgment in these cases, while another takes up the postoperative results and reviews the latter from several standpoints, including psychological and electroencephalographic. Illustrative case material is presented and discussed. The bibliography is generous and complete. This publication should prove valuable to those whose practices embrace the field of psychosurgery, whether it be from a psychiatric, neurosurgical, psychologic, or nursing

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