• Lyle W. Bivens
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Psychosurgery is the surgical removal or destruction of brain tissue or the cutting of brain tissue to disconnect one part of the brain from another with the intent of altering behavior. Usually it is performed in the absence of direct evidence of existing structural disease or damage in the brain.

Further reading

  1. Corkin S, Twitchell TE, Sullivan EV (1979): Safety and efficacy of cingulotomy for pain and psychiatric disorder. In: Modern Concepts of Psychosurgery, Hitchcock et al, eds. Amsterdam: ElsevierGoogle Scholar
  2. National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979): Report and Recommendations: Psychosurgery. Department of Health and Human Services, Pub No (OS) 77–002. Washington DC: US Government Printing OfficeGoogle Scholar
  3. Valenstein ES (1973): Brain Control: A Critical Examination of Brain Stimulation and Psychosurgery. New York: WileyGoogle Scholar
  4. Valenstein ES, ed. (1980): The Psychosurgery Debate: Scientific, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives. San Francisco: WF FreemanGoogle Scholar

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