Sam Kean’s ‘The Icepick Surgeon’ Tells the Odd Tale of Lobotomist Walter Freeman

August 14, 2021

Dr. Walter Freeman was a neurologist who performed over 2000 lobotomies in the course of his controversial career. Though he claimed to want to help people in mental wards, Freeman continued to do lobotomies even when they weren’t warranted. Sam Kean told Inside Edition Digital, “He was convinced lobotomies were the only humane way to treat people.” Kean tells the story of Dr. Freeman, and other ethically suspect practitioners of science and medicine, in his new book, “The Icepick Surgeon.”

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