Item #7087 PSYCHOSURGERY In The Treatment Of Mental Disorders And Intractable Pain. Walter Freeman, James W. Watts, Mary Frances Robinson.
PSYCHOSURGERY In The Treatment Of Mental Disorders And Intractable Pain
PSYCHOSURGERY In The Treatment Of Mental Disorders And Intractable Pain
PSYCHOSURGERY In The Treatment Of Mental Disorders And Intractable Pain

PSYCHOSURGERY In The Treatment Of Mental Disorders And Intractable Pain

Charles C. Thomas, 1950. Second Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. xxviii, [4], 3-598 pp. + colophon, 187 in-text figures and photos. Navy pebbled cloth, gilt spine lettering, 70-lb 'Imperial Enamel' paper. Light foxing to fore and tail edges, owner's stamp to FFEP, exceedingly clean and sharp otherwise with tight binding. DJ somewhat tattered with a few large tears and 1.5' chip at head of spine, smaller chip to tail. An uncommonly sharp and tight copy with scarce dust jacket. NEAR FINE / Good. Item #7087

One of the most infamous texts in the history of medicine, this second and completely revised edition disseminated and popularized Freeman's "Icepick Lobotomy." Freeman's goal was to establish a technique that could be used on any psychiatric ward on short notice without any surgical training, medical apparatus, or even anesthesia.

Freeman claimed that "his ice-pick surgery was as simple to use against psychotic misfits as penicillin against bacterial infections, and he prescribed it for radicals, homosexuals, and other "deviants" (Joanne Ellison Rodgers, *Psycho-Surgery*). "There were so few controls over what went on that we don't even have an accurate count of how many had lobotomies. Estimates ... range from 50,000 to 150,000 worldwide" - Scull & Favreau, "A Chance to Cut iIs a Chance to Cure."

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