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The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jack El-Hai

Set against the backdrop of changing attitudes toward mental illness in the 20th century, El-Hai's scholarly biography of Dr. Walter Freeman is a moving portrait of failed greatness. Born to a distinguished family of physicians, he rose to become one … see full wiki

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Author: Jack El-Hai
Publisher: Wiley
2 reviews about The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius...
review by . May 06, 2006
I love to read biographies. When I heard my friend, Jack El-Hai had written The Lobotomist, I purchased a copy of the book to support his work. Then I started reading it--and my fascination grew with each page.     As an editor, I have a lot of reading which is forced into my daily life and I had no professional motive to read The Lobotomist. I wasn't going to write about it or anything else. I couldn't put it down. I'll admit to actually trying to stop reading it--and being …
review by . July 31, 2005
This is an important historical work on the evolution of lobotomy  in brain surgery. Walter Freeman became a rising star in neurology. For Dr. Freeman MD, hospitals, clinics and MD offices  were the front lines in the ongoing battles of Medicine.  In some cases, patients had either little improvements or a   delayed recovery rate, although prefrontal lobotomy yielded  the best results.     He tried with some success to rescue …
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