The Ethical Effects Of Lobotomy

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Thesis: Controversy surrounding lobotomy prevent it from being studied again for treating chronic diseases. Lack of studies, ethical disputes among medical doctors and scientist have led to the demise of lobotomy and at the same time stopped neurological knowledge to grow as a field.

Source 1: M.D. Miller, A. "The Lobotomy Patient- A Decade Later: A Follow- Up Study of a Research Project Started in 1948" Canada Medical Association Journal, vol.96 (1967): 1095-1103 In this article, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (a prestigious medical journal which publishes original clinical research and reviews up to date medical practices.) Miller M.D helps conduct a decade-long clinical research study on the effects of prefrontal
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Larry Gostin addresses the many unethical justifications doctors have so they can continue to perform lobotomies on mental patients. Gostin discredits psychosurgery (surgical treatment for the chronically ill) as an efficient procedure that helps patients. He addresses the risks patients go through as a result of the way of practice of lobotomy is run. With continuous modifications to the procedure, there is no definite way of performing a lobotomy, leaving lobotomy to be more prone to mistakes, and the mistake of adopting lobotomy surgeries and performing them when little was known about the brain in the 1940 's. Gostin 's article confronts the medical community for using lobotomy procedures, "where many holes lie in the foundation of the surgery and the practice of it "(149). This article will be helpful for my literary review because although it addresses all the negative points surrounding lobotomy Gostin never once mentions it being a bad procedure, rather he mentions that lobotomy procedures are capable of change as long as we have knowledge about the brain and the right tools to keep the patient away from risk. The negative outlook many people have about lobotomies keep doctors and …show more content…
from 1957 till 2008. These scientists hoped to gain a better understanding of how the brain and memory work. According to Dittrich, neuroscientist became fascinated with patient H.M. because they couldn 't comprehend how he could still hold motor memories although more than a third of his brain tissue was removed. In the article, Dettirich follows the events after patient H. M. 's death from the autopsy to the research Suzzane Corkin (M.I.T. neuroscientist) kept on him. The point of interest to Dittrich is that "henrys amnesia was so profound, there are many things H.M doesn 't realize he 's done such as when he got the lobotomy with consent that is unknown or that he willingly signed a brain consent form 16 years before his death giving M.I.T full rights of his brain (1)." This book is very important to me because there is an ethical problem which I can connect with source 2 and there is a neuroscientific approach on scientists that are conducting research on this man 's brain at all cost. I can also connect this with source 1 where Miller helped conduct a 10-year long research study on the effects of lobotomy and understanding of the brain patient H.M. was studied for 56

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