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Surgery for mental illness has been proved effective

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7073.75a (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:75
  1. R P Snaith, Senior lecturer in psychiatrya
  1. a School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in Relation to Medicine, University of Leeds, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    Editor–Sandra Goldbeck-Wood reports that Norway has offered compensation to all patients who have had a lobotomy in Norway in the past.1 Her article seems to leave the opponents of psychosurgery on a high moral ground. What the Norwegian fiscal administration chooses to do with presumably surplus money is its own decision, but Goldbeck-Wood's use of the word “victims” implies that patients who had a leucotomy in the past were the subjects of …

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