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Walter Freeman was an idealistic, fame-hungry doctor who would champion the barbarity of lobotomy. He was out for quick results.

Man can go off the rails. But so can science.

Ellen Ionesco was one of the first recipients of Freeman’s transorbital lobotomy. Freeman rendered her unconscious using electric shocks. Peeling back each eyelid, Freeman would go through the eyelid with an ice pick, tap through to the brain, wiggle the instrument about — severing the frontal lobes.

Upon withdrawing the pick, the results would be disturbing. Soon 5,000 of these absurd procedures would be performed every year.

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