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Lobotomy PBS documentary on Walter Freeman

[Video contains some disturbing images] PBS shows Walter Freeman and his experiments with lobotomies and how it was used in the treatment of mental disorders.

Thorazine, however, was marketed as a chemical lobotomy and offered a safer solution to surgery. What were the various conditions Freeman treated with a lobotomy?

How many lobotomies did Freeman perform before being stripped of his hospital privileges? Are lobotomies still common in treating mental disorders? (For more clips from this program, visit PBS’s website.)

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