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date: 04 April 2020

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Interest in psychiatric neurosurgery has waxed and waned since the 1930s. This chapter reviews the history of these methods, with a focus on OCD. This review of lesion procedures and deep brain stimulation includes neuropsychological and neuroimaging research in the context of putative neurocircuitry underlying symptoms and response to treatment. The chapter highlights how an abundance of caution is needed, as well as key issues in long-term management of patients so treated.

Keywords: obsessive compulsive disorder, deep brain stimulation, cingulotomy, capsulotomy, leucotomy, tractotomy, psychiatric neurosurgery

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