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J Hist Neurosci. 1999 Apr;8(1):60-9.

Portrayal of lobotomy in the popular press: 1935-1960.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.

Abstract

This study analyzed the content of popular press articles on lobotomy between the years 1935 and 1960. Both a qualitative and quantitative analysis provided evidence that the press initially used uncritical and sensational reporting styles, with the content of articles on lobotomy becoming increasingly negative through time. The initial positive bias occurred despite opposing views in the medical community, which provided a basis for more balanced coverage. These findings support the theory that biased reporting in popular press articles may have been a factor influencing the quick and widespread adoption of lobotomy as a psychiatric treatment.

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