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Lobotomy is a psychosurgical procedure involving selective destruction of connective nerve fibers in the frontal lobe of the brain. It was usually performed with the purpose of alleviating mental illness and chronic pain symptoms. The use of lobotomy is now regarded as a disastrously mistaken episode in surgical history, as its effects are often unpredictable and wide-ranging.

Bilateral cingulotomy is a modern psychosurgical technique which has replaced the lobotomy.

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