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Psychosurgery: description and outcome study of a regional service

  • R. P. Snaith, E. Dove, J. Marlowe, S. Pemberton, D. J. Price, S. Rawson, J. F. Wright, A. Butler (a1), A. K. Coughlan (a2), M. Hird and P. Trigwell (a3)...
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The report indicates that a psychosurgery service can be established on a regional basis. The outcome study of the Yorkshire Regional Psychosurgery Service indicates that the treatment should retain a place in the treatment of patients who have failed to respond to other available approaches. For such patients (and their carers) life is a state of persisting torment. Some psychiatrists consider psychosurgery as a procedure not to be countenanced, or outmoded, but patients have a right to know what may be achieved by the treatment and at what cost in terms of possible failure to improve and adverse effects. An audit of the Regional Psychosurgery Service indicates a favourable result of the Intervention. All patients improved to some extent, some very remarkably, and no adverse effects were encountered.

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The videotape demonstration is available from: P. Wiehl, Media Resource Officer, Postgraduate Medical Centre, Pinderfields Hospitals Trust, Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4DG (for further details telephone: 01924 212517).

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Full information on psychometric tests, their results and their references available on request (send A4 stamped addressed envelope to RPS).

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* Snaith, R. P., Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist St James's University Hospital Leeds LS9 7TF; Dove, E., Nurse specialist (psychosurgery); Marlow, J., Charge Nurse; Pemberton, S., Principal Occupational Therapist, Leeds Community and Mental Health Services; Price, D. J. E., Consultant Neurosurgeon, Pinderfields Hospital Wakefield: Rawson, S., Principal Psychiatric Social Worker; and Wright, J. F., Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Community and Mental Health Services.
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Psychosurgery: description and outcome study of a regional service

  • R. P. Snaith, E. Dove, J. Marlowe, S. Pemberton, D. J. Price, S. Rawson, J. F. Wright, A. Butler (a1), A. K. Coughlan (a2), M. Hird and P. Trigwell (a3)...
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