Category Archives: DBS and psychosurgery

Professor David’s research and a sad glimpse of the past

In my last post I mentioned the large number of publications that psychiatrist Anthony David has his name on. Anthony David is professor of mental health director and Sackler chair UCL Institute of Mental Health and the UCL web-page lists … Continue reading

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Deep brain stimulation and revision of the Mental Health Act

In September 2018 The British Journal of Psychiatry published an article with the title “Deep brain stimulation and revising the Mental Health Act: the case for intervention-specific safeguards”. The authors are Jonathan Pugh, Tipu Aziz, Jonathan Herring and Julian Savulescu. … Continue reading

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Gabrielle

In my last post I wrote about a young woman who had undergone a leucotomy in 1962. In this post I will write about a young woman who underwent a leucotomy in 1950 with tragic results. In October 1952 the … Continue reading

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A (A Patient)

An inquisition of lunacy, where a person’s soundness of mind was tried before a jury and a Master in Lunacy, sounds archaic – indeed they date from 1324. Wealthy families would petition for an inquisition to protect their estates (or, … Continue reading

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Psychosurgery news

Last year I wrote a post about an article that had appeared in the Journal of Neurosurgery (official journal of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons since 1944). The article, whose five co-authors were based at the Department of Neurosurgery, King’s College … Continue reading

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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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