from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders.
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- n. Surgery of the brain to treat or alleviate mental illness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
In contrast to other mental health professionals who advocate psychotherapy for emotional distress and mental disorders, psychiatrists may advocate psychiatric drugs or more controversial interventions such as electroshock or lobotomy (presently called psychosurgery within psychiatry).
As a follow up to our previous post on the history of the now discarded practice of lobotomy, there's been quite a bit of recent interest in the science and ethics of modern-day brain surgery in treating mental illness, a practice often known as 'psychosurgery'.
The Special Rapporteur names forced psychiatric interventions (such as psychosurgery, electroshock and administration of mind-altering drugs including neuroleptics) among practices that may constitute torture or ill treatment.
Szasz, for example, refused to support and even criticized my successful campaign to stop the return of lobotomy and psychosurgery in the 1970s.
The same was true when I conducted my successful campaign to stop the resurgence of lobotomy and other forms of psychosurgery in the 1970s.
I'm also the only psychiatrist to testify in a successful psychosurgery malpractice trial.
He figured out how to perform a frontal lobotomy in his office with a tool modeled on an ice pick, and then packed his gear into a suitcase to take psychosurgery into the American hinterlands.
The New York Times recently had a series on brain power, the new psychosurgery by Benedict Carey.
Time after time, it is then discovered that when one tinkers with neurotransmitters, there is -- as there is with electroshock and psychosurgery -- damage to life.
Not almost, somene did push a button, a button planted in your mind by electronic psychosurgery ...
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