Dr Walter Freeman on leftTools of the trade
the late 40s into the late 50s, Lobotomy, or "Ice Pick Surgery"
was the most promising form of treatment for certain mental illnesses.
No doctor was more famous than Walter Freeman, who performed
hundreds of lobotomy's in West Virginia and around the country.|
West Virginia was the very first state to allow mass lobotomies at it's mental institutions.
procedure was so simple, that Dr Freeman often performed them with one
hand while talking to reporters and colleagues. Many people were
helped, while others werent. Many if not most cases were mental
institution lifers with no hope. I've talked to many people in
our area who
swear by the procedure when applied to their mothers and other
relatives, while others cursed the procedure. There is much
information on the Internet concerning
this subject, and the best book on lobotomy is called "The Lobotomist"
by Jack El-Hai.
In the United States, approximately 40,000 people were lobotomized.
fell out of favor in the 60s, but the procedure was still performed.
Drugs had taken lobotomies place in many instances. By the
1970s, numerous countries had banned the procedure as had several US
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