Monday, March 17, 2014

American Exerience: "THE LOBOTOMIST" (2008)

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 This is one of my favorite documentaries. Dr. Walter Freeman (1895-1972) created the psycho-surgery technique known as the "trans-orbital lobotomy", going in under the eyeball, instead of through the front of the skull. This made lobotomies relatively safe and about as non-invasive as brain surgery could be. Doctor Freeman then went about the business of promoting lobotomy as a medical solution to a whole range of emotional, behavioral and social problems-- with tragic results.

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