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April 27, 2017

The Quest for a Psychiatric Cure


Dr. Freeman, who died in 1972, presided over an estimated 3,500 lobotomies from 1936 to 1967.
Early on, the actual cutting was done by his neurosurgeon partner, Dr. James W. Watts. He sawed two holes in the skull and, with a device called a leucotome, lopped off cells in the brain’s frontal lobes. The partnership dissolved a decade later when Dr. Freeman embraced a procedure called a transorbital lobotomy. It was not for the squeamish. Dr. Freeman would insert a tool resembling an ice pick beneath each eyelid, hammer it into the patient’s brain through the eye socket, and maneuver it to cut away frontal lobe cells believed to be trouble spots. - - The New York Times

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 27, 2017 12:09 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And why are we not doing this now?

Posted by: Tripletap at April 27, 2017 4:02 PM

John Moses Browning came up with a better tool.

Posted by: Ga Gator at April 27, 2017 4:36 PM

Did NYT columnists and contributors get theirs for free, or did they have to pay like everybody else?

I think an investigation is in order!

Posted by: Eskyman at April 28, 2017 11:42 AM

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