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Egas Moniz: a genius, unlucky looser or a Nobel Committee error?
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PMID:  22426769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Portuguese neurologist António Egas Moniz is one of the most intriguing figures in the history of medicine. While an invention of angiography in 1927 is his acknowledged merit, lobotomy, invented in 1935 became a black legend of psychiatry, although sporadically it is performed also today. There are even postulates to withdraw the Nobel Prize, which Moniz received in 1949 for inventing the lobotomy. Moniz in fact re-invented lobotomy, primarily introduced in 1888 by a Swiss psychiatrist Gottlieb Burckhardt and later forgotten. Its popularisation, including its abuses was chiefly done by American neurologists Walter Freeman and James Watts. Aside the science, Moniz was an exceptionally colourful person, a merited politician, Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, the head of its delegation at Versailles in 1918, in 1951 he was even proposed a position of a President of Portugal. He was a versatile humanist and a writer, even a gambling expert. His person is hard for black and white evaluation, definitely deserving a re-evaluation from today's historical perspective.
Piotr Lass; Jarosław Sławek; Emilia Sitek
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Title:  Neurologia i neurochirurgia polska     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0028-3843     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012  
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Created Date:  2012-3-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0101265     Medline TA:  Neurol Neurochir Pol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  96-103     Citation Subset:  -    
prof. Piotr Lass, Zakład Medycyny Nuklearnej, Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny, ul. Dębinki 7, 80-211 Gdańsk, tel./faks +48 58 349 22 00, e-mail:
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Profesor Anatol Dowżenko - klinicysta neurolog, naukowiec i dydaktyk.
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