PBS American Experience - The Lobotomist (2008)
PDTV | 720x400 | .AVI/XviD @ 1663 Kbps | 53mn 53s | 699 MiB
Audio: English MP3 138 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: NoneGenre: Documentary
In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a miracle cure for the severely mentally ill. It was hailed by the New York Times as "surgery of the soul," a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed mentally ill patients and their families. But what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some fifty state asylums, often to devastating results. Little more than a decade after his rise to fame, Walter Freeman, the neurologist who championed the procedure, was decried as a moral monster, and lobotomy one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.