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n. pl. psy·cho·sur·ger·ies
Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders.

psy′cho·sur′geon (-sûr′jən) n.
psy′cho·sur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.


(Surgery) surgery a surgeon who specializes in psychosurgery
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Modern psychosurgery was born once with the Swiss psychiatrist Gottlieb Burckhardt (1836-1907), who is considered to be the first modern psychosurgeon (19) because he attempted to practice a systematic psychosurgery.
Certainly race figures in European and American psychiatry as well: American psychosurgeon Walter Freeman singled out African-Americans and Jews as particularly good subjects for lobotomy, and Freud focused intently on race and mentality in Totem arid Taboo, to note just two examples.
By cutting faulty circuiting systems in the brain, psychosurgeons believe they can control disturbed emotional patterns." (footnotes omitted)); Stanley J.