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American Experience; Lobotomist, The

08/24/2007

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Series
American Experience
Program
Lobotomist, The
Program Number

2002

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

The lobotomy was hailed by The New York Times as a "surgery of the soul" and "history making," a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed families and desolate mentally ill patients. Championed by a young and ambitious neurologist named Walter J. Freeman, what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with devastating results. Only a decade after his rise to fame, Freeman was decried as a moral monster and the lobotomy as one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. Through interviews with medical historians, psychiatrists who worked with Freeman and the desperate families who sought his help, this program tells the gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry. Campbell Scott narrates.

Duration

00:56:02

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Lobotomist, The,” 08/24/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D5BC729F71E4EA0B7D7DFE632582F4E.
MLA: “American Experience; Lobotomist, The.” 08/24/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D5BC729F71E4EA0B7D7DFE632582F4E>.
APA: American Experience; Lobotomist, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D5BC729F71E4EA0B7D7DFE632582F4E
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