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The lobotomist

Author: Jack El-HaiCampbell ScottJohn MaggioBarak GoodmanMcIntyre Media.All authors
Publisher: Boston, MA : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Orangeville, ON, McIntyre Media (distributor) ©2008.
Series: American experience.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lobotomy was hailed by The New York Times as 'surgery of the soul', a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed mentally ill patients and their families. But what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some fifty state asylums, often with devastating results. Little more than a decade after his rise to fame, Walter Freeman, the neurologist who championed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videos (DVD)
Named Person: Walter Freeman
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jack El-Hai; Campbell Scott; John Maggio; Barak Goodman; McIntyre Media.; PBS Home Video.; WGBH Educational Foundation.
OCLC Number: 629722810
Notes: Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS program American experience.
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.
Credits: Series producer, Sharon Grimberg ; written by Barak Goodman ; produced and directed by Barak Goodman and John Maggio.
Cast: Narrated by Campbell Scott.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: American experience.
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: produced and directed by Barak Goodman and John Maggio ; written by Barak Goodman ; an Ark Media film.

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"Lobotomy was hailed by The New York Times as 'surgery of the soul', a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed mentally ill patients and their families. But what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some fifty state asylums, often with devastating results. Little more than a decade after his rise to fame, Walter Freeman, the neurologist who championed the procedure, was decried as a moral monster, and lobotomy one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. Through interviews with Dr. Freeman's former patients and their families, his students, and medical historians, this program offers an unprecendented look at one of the darkest chapters in psychiatric history."--Container.

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