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psychosurgery

[¦sī·kō′sər·jə·rē]
(medicine)
The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of various psychoses, severe neuroses, and chronic painful conditions by means of operative procedures on the brain.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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II: Frontal leukotomy and related psychosurgical procedures in the era before antipsychotics (1935-1954): a historical overview.
Moreover, the first neurosurgical trepanation of the skull, performed for psychosurgical purposes, was carried out in 1 500 B.
The most common modern psychosurgical procedures are limbic leucotomy, capsulotomy, cingulotomy and subcaudate tractotomy and involve a close collaboration between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons.