The lobotomist: a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness
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Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, ©2005.
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The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped Walter Freeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operation intended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Drawing on Freeman’s documents and interviews with Freeman's family, Jack El-Hai takes a penetrating look at the life and work of this complex scientific genius.

The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped Walter Freeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operation intended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Although many patients did not benefit from the thousands of lobotomies Freeman performed, others believed their lobotomies changed them for the better. Drawing on a rich collection of documents Freeman left behind and interviews with Freeman's family, Jack El-Hai takes a penetrating look into the life of this complex scientific genius and traces the physician's fascinating life and work.

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v, 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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0471232920, 9780471232926, 0470098309, 9780470098301

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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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El-Hai, J. (2005). The lobotomist: a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley.

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El-Hai, Jack. 2005. The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley.

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El-Hai, Jack, The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley, 2005.

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El-Hai, Jack. The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley, 2005. Print.

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