leucotome


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leucotome

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leukotome

n
(Surgery) a needle used in leucotomy
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Lobotomy involved severing connections in the brain's prefrontal lobe with an implement resembling an icepick (a leucotome).
Other developments closely followed with the introduction of the leucotome, stereotactic frame, etc (37).
Moniz and Lima moved on to nineteen other patients, and began using a leucotome, an instrument that resembled an ice pick or probe.
Moniz, who would win a Nobel Prize for his invention of lobotomy, used to stride through the hallways of Lisbon's insane asylums looking for patients suitable for the frontal lobe surgery, which Moniz's surgical colleagues performed, first via ether injections, the alcohol essentially burning away the brain, and later with a leucotome, an ice-pick-shaped device with a retractable wire to whisk out gray matter.