Manhandling the Brain

MANHANDLING THE BRAIN: Psychiatric Neurosurgery in the Mid-20th Century

2016 marks 75 years since the first UK pre-frontal leucotomy, a procedure introduced in Portugal in 1935. Over the next 30 years around 70,000 people with mental health problems were operated on. This art/historical project explores these events, alongside their healthcare and academic context.

Outcomes have included oral presentations, an essay, and an art/archive installation at the Library and Archive of the Institute of Neurology, London, from 22nd June to the 23rd September 2016 (, and then at the Royal Society of Medicine Library, 1 Wimpole Street, London, until 4th January 2017.

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