Category Archives: DBS and psychosurgery

Geoffrey Knight and psychosurgery

The April 2016 edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery (official journal of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons since 1944) has published an article about British neurosurgeon Geoffrey Knight, who was one of the pioneers of psychosurgery in Britain. I … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England 2015/16

In November 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their annual report on the monitoring of the Mental Health Act (MHA) in England. At the time of publication statistics on the use of the MHA were not yet available, but … Continue reading

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ECT, DBS and patents

The International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (formerly the Association for Convulsive Therapy) is a group for psychiatrists who are interested in ECT. It was set up in 1976 and earlier this month held its 24th annual meeting. On the … Continue reading

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Psychosurgery and veterans

The Wall Street Journal has recently published a series about the use of lobotomy on World War II veterans. Featured in the series was veteran Roman Tritz, now in his nineties, who had flown B17 bombers from Deopham Green airfield … Continue reading

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A strange psychosurgery statistic

This year is the International Year of Statistics, so I thought I would highlight a statistic I came across on the NHS Choices website, on the page on treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is what it says: “Neurosurgery for … Continue reading

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ECT, Atos and the Paralympics

Former Australian Paralympian Tamara Nowitzki has just published a book about her life entitled No Ordinary Girl. Tamara, a swimmer, won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. “Tamara was diagnosed with DRD [dopa-responsive dystonia] at the age of 25, … Continue reading

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DBS, Alzheimer’s, and commercialization of the technology

Last month the National Health Service website Behind the Headlines (“We give you the facts without the fiction”) took up a story that had appeared in the Daily Mail about the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on people with Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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