Does anyone have any figures on how many mental patients in total were given psycho-surgery (lobotomy/leucotomy) for mental illness? With dates? The number I have for the UK is 10,365 between 1942 and 1954, with a ‘substantial’ fall in frequency after 1961 - which could mean anything. (from Oxford Companion to the Mind).
Also, is there any possibility that such surgery is still being done anywhere in the US? What is the legal position?
Any good sources on this gratefully received.
But, in 1949, the [Nobel Prize was awarded to Egas Moniz](The first lobotomy in the United States took place on September 14, 1936. By August 15, 1949, the number of victims had reached 10,706.), for his work in developing the procedure. The awarding of the prize resulted in an explosion in the number of procedures performed: