Psychosurgery is probably a better word to use than the term leucotomy nowadays. Since modern operations are more restricted and sophisticated than the original crude ‘standard leucotomy’ which was used until the mid- 1950s.
All of them involve cutting or otherwise interrupting connections between the underside of the frontal lobes of the brain and the limbic system, part of the structures deep in the mid-brain.
Other, less commonly performed operations cut certain interconnections in the limbic system itself. Psychosurgical operations are not used to influence or direct people’s behavior: that could not be done surgically.
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