Medicine: Deep in the Brain

To many a thoughtful neurosurgeon, some drastic brain operations now in vogue are "like burning down the house to roast the pig." For two of the operations substitute methods are being suggested in hopes that the same amount of good can be done with less incidental harm.

Lobotomy. Despite many variations (TIME, May 28, 1951), this is still essentially a "blind" operation in which the scalpel (leucotome) makes a series of highly destructive stabs through unoffending brain tissue before the surgeon can feel sure he has cut the nerve bundles that join the thalamus...

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