The Lobotomist

If you are at all interested in the history of mental health, take a few minutes to visit The Lobotomist. The program from WGBH (Boston) tells the story of Walter Freeman, who saw the lobotomy as a means of curing a wide range of psychiatric disorders. It is a fascinating and chilling story of excess. The link does not address religion as much as it portrays an overenthusiastic, almost religious devotion to a surgical procedure. You can see useful historical perspectives on mental health, and view the program online. Well worth your time on a Friday afternoon.

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