prefrontal leucotomy


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Related to prefrontal leucotomy: prefrontal lobotomy, prefrontal leukotomy
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Noun1.prefrontal leucotomy - surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes
psychosurgery - brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
transorbital lobotomy - a method of performing prefrontal lobotomy in which the surgical knife is inserted above the eyeball and moved to cut brain fibers
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Prefrontal leucotomy is a simple operation, always safe, which may prove to be an effective surgical treatment in certain cases of mental disorder" (Moniz 1994:239).
Testing a 67-year-old schizophrenic woman who had a prefrontal leucotomy at age 31, she still had paranoid symptoms and a history of many post-operative hospitalizations.
Within a few years, Freeman, Watts and a few others altered the Moniz prefrontal leucotomy, with varied results.