Thursday, August 18, 2005

Nobel Foundation Urged to Strip Lobotomy Prize

From the August 2005 edition of Psychiatric Annals (not, to my knowledge, available on-line):
Relatives of people who underwent lobotomies between the 1930's and 1970's are petitioning the Nobel Foundation to revoke the 1949 prize for medicine given to Egas Moniz, the Portugese neurologist who developed the procedure in 1936. A new book says that of the 50,000 people in the United States who underwent the procedure, only about 10% were helped. Family members have already asked the foundation to remove or revise an article on its Web site about Moniz and the procedure.

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