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Brianne Collins -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Mar 07 2020 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

“Cutting Edge? Psychosurgery in Manitoba”
Brianne Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2020, a community service for the general public. Admission is free - no registration is required.

Psychosurgery was once considered to be among psychiatry’s most cutting edge treatments. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was typically prescribed as a last resort for patients diagnosed with severe mental disorders who had been long-time residents at provincial and federal mental institutions. Although these surgeries (more commonly known as lobotomies) were performed in Eastern Canada and in more than 40 countries worldwide, little was known about their use in Western Canada until recently. Drawing on new research, this lecture explores how and why psychosurgery was initially adopted, as well as the scope of its use in Manitoba at both the Brandon and Selkirk Hospitals for Mental Diseases.

Brianne M. Collins (PhD, University of Calgary) specializes in the history of psychology and psychiatry, and has spent the past decade exploring the history of psychosurgery in Canada and internationally.