Public Relations for Neurosurgeons

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1326–1327. Reviews the book, Psychosurgery: Damaging the Brain to Save the Mind by Joann Ellison Rodgers (see record 1992-97680-000). In this book, Joann Ellison Rodgers argues that we should not let the abuses of the early prefrontal lobotomy era prevent us from appreciating that psychosurgery today is quite different, as it is based on scientific and technical advances that occurred afterward. Moreover, she believes new developments now on the horizon will further increase our capacity to remedy the abnormal brain functioning that underlies psychiatric illness. There have indeed been enormous advances during the last two decades, and no one with an open mind can rule out the possibility that some form of brain intervention may provide substantial relief of mental illness. Unfortunately, this is not the book that will convince any skeptic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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