Medicine: Psychosurgery

The surgeon's knife can reach into the brain to sever the tensions which underlie a psychopathic personality. This drastic method of rescuing psychotic patients from complete insanity is not exactly a new invention. It has been developed in Lisbon by Dr. Egas Moniz since 1935. But now two men who have pioneered this treatment in the U.S.—Neurologist Walter Freeman and Neurosurgeon James W. Watts of George Washington University—have published a book, Psychosurgery (Charles C. Thomas; $6), based on their work. Some 300 people in the U.S. have had their psychoses surgically removed,...