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MIND Reviews: June/July 2005

Reviews and recommendations from the June/July 2005 issue of Scientific American MIND

The tale of lobotomy's rise and fall entails far more than one man's quest to spearhead a dubious surgical method. It is a story of desperation among thousands of patients, families, clinicians and policymakers struggling to manage a population seemingly crippled by illnesses for which there was no help. It is also a worrisome account of physicians groping for solutions to problems that they could not adequately address. In this sense, El-Hai's treatment of this medical saga is also poignant and illuminating. --Richard Lipkin

This article was originally published with the title "Mind Reads."

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