Selected scientific papers
This section contains a selection of Dr. Breggin's scientific articles spanning 1964 to the present. They can be arranged chronologically in order to facilitate an overview of his work over the years.
 
 

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file icon What cost leukotomy? 01/01/1983
"What Cost Leukotomy?" (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 140:1101, 1983.
file icon The return of lobotomy and psychosurgery 01/01/1982
"The Return of Lobotomy and Psychosurgery." Reprinted with a new introduction in Edwards RB (ed): Psychiatry and Ethics. Buffalo, Prometheus Books, 1982. Originally published in the Congressional Record , February 24, 1972, E1602-E1612. First reprinted in Quality of Health Care-Human Experimentation: Hearings Before Senator Edward Kennedy's Subcommittee on Health, US Senate, Washington, D.C., US Government Printing Office, 1973.
file icon Disabling the brain with electroshock (1981) 02/01/1981
"Disabling the Brain with Electroshock." Divergent Views in Psychiatry, M. Dongier and E. Wittkower, editors. Harper and Row, Hagerstown, MD, 247-271, 1981.
file icon Psychosurgery as brain-disabling therapy (1981) 01/01/1981
"Psychosurgery as Brain-disabling Therapy." Divergent Views in Psychiatry, M. Dongier and E. Wittkower, editors. Harper and Row, Hagerstown, MD, 302-326, 1981.
file icon Brain-disabling therapies (1980) 01/01/1980
"Brain-disabling Therapies," In Valenstein E (ed): The Psychosurgery Debate. San Francisco, WH Freeman, 1980.
file icon Psychosurgery for the control of violence (1975) 02/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for the Control of Violence: A Critical Review" Neural Bases of Violence and Aggression, W. Fields and W. Sweet, editors. Warren H. Green, Inc., St. Loius, MO, 350-378, 1975.
file icon Psychosurgery for political purposes (1975) 01/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for Political Purposes." Duquesne Law Review 13:841-862, 1975.
file icon Psychosurgery (1973) 01/01/1973

Breggin, P.R. (1973). Psychosurgery. Journal of the American Medical Association, 226(9) 1121.


To the Editor. THE JOURNAL (225:916, 1973) described me as "Undoubtedly the one person most responsible for politicizing psychosurgery ...." In this and a succeeding article (225:1035, 1973), the writer defends lobotomists and psychosurgeons and promotes their work as pure science unhappily corrupted by political attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth. The psychosurgeons offer no more 'scientific' evidence than they did in the first disastrous wave of lobotomies and as early as 1967 attempted to gain public and congressional support for their work by linking it to political fears of violent ghetto uprisings and, assassinations. I only entered the political arena as a counterforce to their own strenuous political campaign.

file icon The second wave of psychosurgery 01/01/1973

Breggin, P.R. (1973).The Second Wave of Psychosurgery." M/H (Mental Health) 57:10-13.


LOBOTOMY and psychosurgery are upon us again! In Philadelphia a black man dies of an overdose of heroin, and a reporter notices peculiar scars on his head. A portion of his brain has been burned out in an experimental attempt to cure his addiction. The neurosurgeon is located by the reporter and admits that his monkey experiments were inconclusive before trying his operation on human addicts.

file icon Lobotomies: an alert (1972) 02/01/1972
"Lobotomies: An Alert." (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 129:98-99, 1972.
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