Science & Technology

Psychiatric Surgery: Enhancing or Limiting Liberty


This conference explored the issues of liberty that arise as a result of neurosurgical advances intended to address psychological and psychiatric problems. What does it mean for us that brain implants, medical control of our brains, and even the limitation of our ability to think/act on certain thoughts are no longer in the realm of science fiction, but now firmly in the realm of science fact?


Conference Readings

Appelbaum, P.S.. “Violence and mental disorders: Data and Public Policy.” American Journal of Psychiatry (2006): 1319-1321.

Blank, R.H.. “Policy Implications of the New Neuroscience.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2007): 169-179.

Breggins, PR. “The Return of Lombotomy and Psychosurgery.” Congressional Record (Febuary 24 1972): 350-355, 372-388.

Delgado, JMR. Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society. New York: HarperCollins, 1969.

Fins, J.J.; Rezai A.R.; and Greenberg, B.D.. Neurosurgery. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc., 2006.

Keiper, Adam. “The Age of Neuroelectronics.” The New Atlantis (Winter 2006): 4-41.

Moreno, J.D.. “Neuroethics: An Agenda for neuroscience and society.” Nature Reviews. Neuroscience (2003): 149-153.

National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. “Use of Psychosurgery in Practice and Research: Report and Recommendations.”  42 (1977): xv-xvii, 1-22, 57-76.

Szasz, T.S.. “Hayek and Psychiatry.” Thomas Szasz. (July 2012).