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February 1975

Neuroscientists on Psychosurgery

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President Society for Neuroscience 1974

Arch Neurol. 1975;32(2):73-74. doi:10.1001/archneur.1975.00490440023001

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Since considerable discussion about the scientific merits and ethics of psychosurgery recently has appeared in professional and general publications, it may interest readers of the Archives to know the views of neurological scientists about the subject.

The Society for Neuroscience, with headquarters in Bethesda, is a professional association of scientists active in any of the disciplines converging on the nervous system—from anatomy, behavior, and chemistry to zoology! Most of its members are not physicians. Regular members are residents of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, chiefly the latter. In November 1973, the membership was 2,954.

The Neuroscience Newsletter, (vol 5, No. 2) released in August by the Society for Neuroscience, reports the results of a mail poll of the membership on four questions about psychosurgery.

The society held its annual meeting Nov 7 to 10, 1973, in San Diego, Calif, attended by over 2,500 members and guests. At the business meeting

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