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The film "The Lobotomist" is about Walter Freeman, the inventor of the lobotomy procedure, and is available to watch on the American Experience website. Although there are no gory scenes in the film, and the descriptions of the procedure aren't overly graphic, the horrifying part is hearing of the effects of a lobotomy. The link to the "Introduction" to the film, at the bottom left side of the page, gives an excellent description of the man behind the lobotomy. Freeman was well meaning, but was also obsessed with attaining greatness in the medical community. His obsession ultimately led him to teach and perform lobotomies at a rapid pace - the "Ice Pick" lobotomy was a rapid procedure that could be done in a psychiatrist's office, and could be taught by Freeman to those psychiatrists in an afternoon. The "Special Features" of the film include a "bonus video" with a man who had a lobotomy by Freeman at the age of 12, and interviews with those whose family members had them performed. Although some of the lobotomies would have been deemed successful because they took away the mental illness Freeman was trying to rid them of, it left many individuals in a childlike state for the rest of their days.
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Date of Scout Publication 2010-04-16
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2010/scout-100416#6

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