noun (plural leukotomies)
The surgical cutting of white nerve fibers within the brain, especially prefrontal lobotomy, formerly used to treat mental illness.
- Solms discovered that patients who had had a prefrontal leukotomy, a common surgical procedure for mental illness in the 1950s and 60s, reported loss of dreaming.
- Some medical experts claim that a leukotomy can help treat anorexia and suicidal depression.
- During the next ten years various methods of frontal leukotomy were developed by Moniz, Freeman and Watts.
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