A Bottle In Front of Me

The Freeman-Watts Standard Procedure was used for the first time in September 1936. Also known as “the precision method”, this involved inserting a blunt spatula through holes in both sides of the skull; the instrument was moved up and down to sever the thalamo-cortical fibers (above). However, Freeman was unhappy with the new procedure. He considered it to be both time-consuming and messy, and so developed a quicker method, the so-called “ice-pick”lobotomy, which he performed for the first time on January 17th, 1945.

During the middle of the last century (that’s arounf the 1940’s, folks), there were over 40,000 lobotomies performed in just the US. Ah, the progression of medical science…


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