Last Resort: Psychosurgery And The Limits Of Medicine by Jack D. PressmanLast Resort: Psychosurgery And The Limits Of Medicine by Jack D. Pressman

Last Resort: Psychosurgery And The Limits Of Medicine

byJack D. Pressman


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During the 1940s and 1950s, tens of thousands of Americans underwent some form of psychosurgery; that is, their brains were operated upon for the putative purpose of treating mental illness. From today's perspective, such medical practices appear foolhardy at best, perhaps even barbaric; most commentators thus have seen in the story of lobotomy an important warning about the kinds of hazards that society will face whenever incompetent or malicious physicians are allowed to overstep the boundaries of valid medical science. Last Resort challenges the previously accepted psychosurgery story and raises new questions about what we should consider its important lessons.
Title:Last Resort: Psychosurgery And The Limits Of MedicineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521524598

ISBN - 13:9780521524599

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Psychiatry's renaissance; 2. Sufficient promise; 3. Certain benefit; 4. Active treatment; 5. Human salvage; 6. Localized decisions; 7. The politics of precision; 8. Medicine controlled; Epilogue and conclusion; Appendix.

Editorial Reviews

"...well-documented, definitive study of the rise and fall of psychosurgery...hist owrk inspires friends and admirers to write their own social histories of American medicine and psychology." Westwick