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Lobotomins okända historia: Kvinnor, barn och idioter opererades: [The unknown history of lobotomy: Women, children and idiots were lobotomized]
Institutionen för Kultur Och Medier, Umeå Universitet, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology.
Onkologiska Kliniken, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Sweden.
2000 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 97, no 30/31, p. 3395-3398Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The history of prefrontal lobotomy is an interesting example of medicine regarding as useful a treatment method which present-day consensus evaluates in a contrary fashion. A pilot study of archives from the Swedish state mental hospital Umedalen shows that the frequency of lobotomies as well as postoperative mortality were higher than what has earlier been assumed. The majority of the 704 patients who underwent lobotomy at Umedalen hospital were women. One unexpected finding concerns the numbers of mentally retarded patients and children who were subjected to lobotomy. Case records and other documents from the hospital archives indicate that the operation was performed largely for the benefit of the hospital rather than the patient, with an eye to engendering calm and order on the unruly wards.

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2000. Vol. 97, no 30/31, p. 3395-3398
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Psychiatry History
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8822PubMedID: 11016206Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0034718002Local ID: 75e5e8e0-2bcb-11dd-8657-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8822DiVA, id: diva2:981760
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Godkänd; 2000; 20080527 (andbra)

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