JOHN T. B. CARMODY, M.D.; FOSTER L. VIBBER, M.D.
This paper deals with a refractory case of anorexia nervosa treated by prefrontal lobotomy.
Anorexia nervosa may develop on the basis of many factors, but it is primarily associated with a psychic background.1 It has been pointed out by Berkman2 that there is a wide line of demarcation between undernourishment and anorexia. This point had been expressed previously by Gull3 when he considered that anorexia nervosa was a condition resulting from starvation. Voluntary or forced starvation in itself presents a picture similar to true anorexia nervosa, and extensive studies4 have given no evidence of a primary metabolic disorder. Most patients
CARMODY JTB, VIBBER FL. ANOREXIA NERVOSA TREATED BY PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMY1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:647–652. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-2-647
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(2_Part_2):647-652.
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