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The Lobotomist. A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2383018
  • Book
  • March 2007
  • Region: Global
  • 372 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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Prologue 1

1 September 1936 7

2 Rittenhouse Square 16

3 The Education of a Lobotomist 33

4 In the Hospital Wards 56

5 A Perfect Partner 83

6 Refining Lobotomy 111

7 The Lines of Battle 134

8 Advance and Retreat 157

9 Waterfall 178

10 Fame 207

11 Road Warrior 236

12 Leaving Home 257

13 Decline 284

14 Ghost 305

Acknowledgments 313

Notes 316

Bibliography 349

Index 355

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