Psychiatric neurosurgery: A historical perspective

Brian Harris Kopell, Ali R. Rezai

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Psychosurgery. Psychiatric neurosurgery. Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders. Whatever the name, each of these refers to the surgical treatment of mental disease. Indeed, as many have pointed out, the most common term, "psychosurgery," is itself a misnomer, because the target of these procedures is not the "mind" or "psyche" but the neural substrates of higher cognitive function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalNeurosurgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


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