The lobotomist: a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness

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©2005.
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The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters ofAmerican medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds ofthousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middledecades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped WalterFreeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operationintended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Drawing onFreeman’s documents and interviews with Freeman's family,Jack El-Hai takes a penetrating look at the life and work of thiscomplex scientific genius.

The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters ofAmerican medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds ofthousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middledecades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped WalterFreeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operationintended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Althoughmany patients did not benefit from the thousands of lobotomiesFreeman performed, others believed their lobotomies changed themfor the better. Drawing on a rich collection of documents Freemanleft behind and interviews with Freeman's family, Jack El-Hai takesa penetrating look into the life of this complex scientific geniusand traces the physician's fascinating life and work.

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display_description Dr. Walter J. Freeman ranks as one of the most scorned physicians of the 20th century, widely remembered as a loose cannon who worked beyond the boundaries of acceptable medical practice. Yet many of the most important medical figures during his time lent their support to his work, effectively pulling lobotomy--the operation that made him famous--into the mainstream. Many of his patients observed how their lobotomies had changed them for the better. So how is it that both physicians and patients supported a procedure that today seems outrageous, even barbaric? This book takes a penetrating look into the life of a complex scientific genius who defies easy description, a brilliant but flawed figure who tried to rescue people once deemed incurable from permanent institutionalization.--From publisher description.
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subject_facet Depression, Mental -- Surgery -- History, Freeman, Walter, -- 1895-1972, Frontal lobotomy -- History, Neurosurgeons -- United States -- Biography
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