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(p. 119) Letter to the British Medical Journal, Prefrontal Leucotomy 

(p. 119) Letter to the British Medical Journal, Prefrontal Leucotomy
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(p. 119) Letter to the British Medical Journal, Prefrontal Leucotomy
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0025
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date: 23 January 2018

A letter from Winnicott to the British Medical Journal stating his views that leucotomy is the “worst honest error” to emerge in recent medical practice. He believes that the increased use of surgery, instead of psychotherapy, has led mentally ill patients to fear being subjected to the procedure and that doctors are using it, and electroshock therapy, as quick fixes to complex mental problems.

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