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The lobotomist; a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness.


The lobotomist; a maverick Maverick

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 medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness.

El-Hai, Jack.

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Today the lobotomy lobotomy (lōbŏt`əmē, lə–), surgical procedure for cutting nerve pathways in the frontal lobes of the brain. The operation has been performed on mentally ill patients whose behavioral patterns were not improved by other  seems gruesome grue·some  
Causing horror and repugnance; frightful and shocking: a gruesome murder. See Synonyms at ghastly.
, grim, and cruel, but when Dr. Walter Freeman proposed the procedure as a powerful treatment for otherwise incurable incurable /in·cur·a·ble/ (in-kur´ah-b'l)
1. not susceptible of being cured.

2. a person with a disease which cannot be cured.

 mental illness, many important medical figures lent their support, pulling lobotomy into the mainstream of medical practice. El-Hai's biography of a brilliant but flawed physician who now ranks as one of the most scorned of the 20th century draws on books, articles, letters, journals, and other documents Freeman left behind as well as interviews with his family. The biography also serves as a history of the evolution of psychiatric medicine. El-Hai is a journalist based in Minneapolis.

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