Cingulotomy for chronic neuropsychiatric illness and intractable pain
Ballantine, H. Thomas, Jr., 1912-1996, on-screen presenter
United States. Public Health Service, presenter, issuing body.
United States. Public Health Service. Audiovisual Facility, production company.
Produced: Washington, DC : United States Public Health Service, 
Dr. Thomas Ballantine of Harvard Medical School and Mass. General Hospital describes studies on the effectiveness of a psychosurgical treatment called cingulotomy for mental illness. Initially a technique for reducing severe physical pain resulting from advanced cancer and other illnesses, it was tested in the late 1940s as an alternative to lobotomy. Bilateral cingulotomy targets the anterior cingulate cortex, which is a part of the limbic system. Dr. Ballantine recounts use of the technique in 61 psychiatric patients starting in the early 1960s and describes outcomes and side effects. Some of the patients had multiple procedures.
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