The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. Jack El-hai.

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

Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.

Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/4". v, 362pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Black paper over boards with spine lettered in silver. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is tight and sound.

ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped Walter Freeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operation intended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Drawing on Freeman’s documents and interviews with Freeman's family, Jack El-Hai takes a penetrating look at the life and work of this complex scientific genius.

The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped Walter Freeman, M.D., who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operation intended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Although many patients did not benefit from the thousands of lobotomies Freeman performed, others believed their lobotomies changed them for the better. Drawing on a rich collection of documents Freeman left behind and interviews with Freeman's family, Jack El-Hai takes a penetrating look into the life of this complex scientific genius and traces the physician's fascinating life and work.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #6456
ISBN: 0471232920

Price: $18.00