Question by : Neurosurgeons and Med-Students studying Neuroscience: Is lobotomy procedure apart of the curriculum?
The existence of psycho-medications (i.e. Thorazine etc) for the past 60 years has helped with the dramatic decline of this procedure, however I’ve wondered if they still occur, and if so is it apart of the standard curriculum for brain surgery. Do all certified Neurosurgeons/ Neuroscientists know how to perform a lobotomy?
Answer by Scary Hedgehog
psychosurgery is a lot more advanced than the old-style lobotomies, and it does still occur. It’s really rare though – so rare, I’ve never known of one perfomed in 20 years of working in mental health. My partner is a psychiatrist, and he’s never heard of one being done in a hospital he’s worked at either.
I imagine the theory behind the procedure is still taught, but it’s certainly not something that happens regularly.
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