We love telly: WE LOVE SCIENCE - BLOOD AND GUTS: A HISTORY OF SURGERY BBC4, 9pm.
AAAARGH! I can't look!
After Dr Michael Mosley charts the incredible history of surgery from butchery to brilliance, it's the butchery that stays with you.
Especially as tonight's subject is the brain - an organ so mysterious and extraordinary you'd want to be careful about tinkering around in there if you didn't know exactly what you were doing. Unless, that it is, you were Dr Walter Freeman, who performed more than 100,000 lobotomies by shoving an ice-pick up people's nostrils and then bashing it with a hammer.
Sometimes, just to show off, he did it left-handed. Incredibly, Mosley meets one of Freeman's patients who underwent this diabolical op aged 12 - and an MRI scan reveals the state of his brain today.
More cheeringly, we also see the strides that science is making in mapping the brain as Mosley gamely allows his own to be tinkered with. Needless to say, there are no ice-picks involved.
BRAINIAC Dr Michael Mosley
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 20, 2008|
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