Journal Article on the Early History of Psychosurgery

Dominik Gross’ article “Egas Moniz (1874-1955) and the ‘Invention’ of Modern Psychosurgery: a Historical and Ethical Reanalysis Under Special Consideration of Portuguese Original Sources” is available for free online here. It is a well researched and informative article that covers the early history of surgical interventions on human behavior and mental illness.

I briefly talked to my students on Thursday about lobotomy and its unfortunate past as a tangent to our overall discussion of the brain and its features. I wish that I had read this article before hand, because my knowledge of the procedure is largely informed by the notorious work by Walter Freeman in the US.

Found via MindHacks.com here.

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