Psychosurgery

Doctor operated on brains of involuntary patients

The Guardian, January 1 1981

A leading surgeon performed irreversible brain operations on four female patients at Rampton Hospital. This is the first known case of moden psychosurgery in a special hospital where patients are detained involuntarily.
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Second incident of psychosurgery on involuntary patients

The Guardian, March 26 1981

A London surgeon has performed irreversible brain operations on two involuntary patients, it was disclosed yesterday. The news is likely to increase pressure on the Government to introduce new safe-guards for psychosurgery.

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Doctors divide over ethics of psychosurgery

The Guardian, April 3 1981

"Come The Day of Judgement, one of the sins to which I shall have to abjectly confess is that in the early 1950s I recommended the operation in about 20 cases. But never again. Nothing will convince me that the operation is ever anything but unethical.
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