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Great and Desperate Cures. The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments for Mental Illness.

VALENSTEIN, Elliot S.:

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ISBN 10: 0465027105 / ISBN 13: 9780465027101
Editorial: New York: Basic Books, 1986., 1986
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First Edition. xiv, 338 pp; illus. Original cloth. Bookplate on pastedown. Some ink underlining on first 44 pages. Else Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. N° de ref. de la librería 17091

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Título: Great and Desperate Cures. The Rise and ...

Editorial: New York: Basic Books, 1986.

Año de publicación: 1986

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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Chronicles the history of psychosurgery, more popularly known as lobotomy, profiles the pioneers of this treatment, and explains why opposition to this dangerous surgery was ineffective

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Neuropsychologist Valenstein (Brain Control, etc.) here offers a critical and academic history of psychosurgery that he deems a "cautionary tale." The same factors that contributed to the rapid, injudicious acceptance of the lobotomy operationdesperate patients and their families, overcrowded mental institutions, sensationalism by the popular media, physicians' self-aggrandizementtoday still play a major role in prematurely promoting "miracle" medical techniques, warns the author. Beginning with a chronicle of early psychomedical experimental cures, Valenstein examines the development of shock therapy and the careers of the first psychosurgeon, Egas Moniz, and his successor, Walter Freeman, now infamous for his 10-minute "ice-pick operation." This rather chilling account will foster a profound, and not unhealthy, distrust of science, the medical profession and the media; one hopes its academic nature will not deter the general reader from attempting it.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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