Author Jack El-Hai will present his book, “The Lobotomist,” at 2 p.m. Monday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The event is free and open to the public.
“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 20th 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, El-Hai takes a look into the life of this complex scientific genius and traces the physician’s life and work.
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