The Lobotomist

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The Lobotomist
SBS  |  February 8, 2010

In 1924, 28-year-old Dr Walter J Freeman arrived at St Elizabeth's in Washington, DC, one of the US's largest hospitals for the mentally ill, and home to thousands of patients suffering from agitated depression, dementia, and psychosis. Freeman embarked on a bold experiment: to discover a physical abnormality in the brain that caused mental illness.

In 1924, 28-year-old Dr Walter J Freeman arrived at St Elizabeth's in Washington, DC, one of the US's largest hospitals for the mentally ill, and home to thousands of patients suffering from agitated depression, dementia, and psychosis. Freeman embarked on a bold experiment: to discover a physical abnormality in the brain that caused mental illness.

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