American History: The Labotomy


PBS created an educational series within the American Experience History Series called The Labotomist. In American history, the doctor Walter Freeman is known to have spread the practice of labotomies upon mental health patients, in particular in the state of West Virginia. Quite chilling, but an excellent editorial of footage exists at the website. Below are a few that struck me, but there are a list of videos to choose from. 




Warehoused Patients and Experimental Treatments:
www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/lobotomist/program /lobotomist_03.html

The W.Virginia Labotomy Project:
www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/lobotomist/program /lobotomist_09.html

Dr Freeman's last performed psychosurgery (1967) & final journey:
www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/lobotomist/program /lobotomist_12.html
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