2011 marked a 75th anniversary that many would prefer to forget: of the first lobotomy in the US. It was performed by an ambitious young American neurologist called Walter Freeman. Over his career, Freeman went on to perform perhaps 3,000 lobotomies, on both adults and later on children. He often performed 10 procedures or more a day. Perhaps 40,000 patients in the US were lobotomised during the heyday of the operation - and an estimated 17,000 more in the UK. This programme tells the story of three key figures in the strange history of lobotomy - Egas Moniz, Walter Freeman and Sir Wylie McKissock - and for the first time explores the popularity of lobotomy in the UK in detail.
©2012 Hugh Levinson (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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