Neurosurgery Information Needed

Donald Doherty ddoherty at
Thu Aug 15 17:40:38 EST 1991

Repercussions of the diagnosed behavior would have to be extreme before
one should even consider such an operation.  Surgeons can only make
guesses as to what they are actually doing when they cut a tract, in
other words, white matter (leuco means white in Greek).  Knowledge of
how the various systems of the brain contribute to and result in behavior is
very *VERY* rudimentary.

This is, of course, not to say that if the condition is so bad that such
an operation won't help but it is a gamble.  This may be why you can't
find anyone to do the operation.  It also depends on what tract you want

Donald Doherty
Dept. of Psychobiology
University of California
Irvine, CA  92717

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