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American experience. The lobotomist

Author: Barak GoodmanSharon GrimbergJohn MaggioCampbell ScottR A FeddeAll authors
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation, [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©2008. ©2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   DVD video   Archival Material : English : Widescreen (16:9, enhancedView all editions and formats
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The medical procedure, lobotomy, was considered a groundbreaking procedure that promised hope to the most distressed mentally ill patients and their families. What began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some fifty state asylums, often with devastating results. The neurologist, Walter Freeman, in little more than a decade after his rise to fame, was decried as a moral monster, and that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Historical television programs
DVD-Video discs
Named Person: Walter Freeman
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Barak Goodman; Sharon Grimberg; John Maggio; Campbell Scott; R A Fedde; Edward Bilous; Stephen McCarthy; Jack El-Hai; Ark Media (Firm); WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.),; WGBH Educational Foundation,; PBS Home Video,
ISBN: 0793694094 9780793694099
OCLC Number: 231786711
Language Note: In English ; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Based, in part, on the book The lobotomist: a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness, by Jack El-Hai.
Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS program American experience.
Credits: Cinematography, Stephen McCarthy ; editor, R.A. Fedde ; music, Edward Bilous.
Performer(s): Narrated by Campbell Scott.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9, enhanced) presentation; optional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Contents: Angel of mercy or medical monster --
Ellen Ionesco's story --
Warehoused patients and experimental treatments --
Dr. Freeman's research --
Refining the procedure --
Production line lobotomies --
Training others --
Beulah Jones' story --
The West Virginia lobotomy project --
Fighting critics --
Howard Dully's story --
Freeman's final journey.
Other Titles: American experience (Television program).
Lobotomist
Responsibility: an Ark Media film for American experience ; WGBH Boston ; series producer, Sharon Grimberg ; written by Barak Goodman ; produced and directed by Barak Goodman and John Maggio.

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The medical procedure, lobotomy, was considered a groundbreaking procedure that promised hope to the most distressed mentally ill patients and their families. What began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some fifty state asylums, often with devastating results. The neurologist, Walter Freeman, in little more than a decade after his rise to fame, was decried as a moral monster, and that the lobotomy was one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. Through interviews with former patients and their families, students, and medical historians, get an unprecedented look at one of the darkest chapters in psychiatric history.

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