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Ice Pick Lobotomy

Dr. Walter Freeman performs a lobotomy using an instrument like an ice pick
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Bettmann / Contributor

Walter Freeman is considered the Father of the Lobotomy, what is also called the ice pick lobotomy. This man invented a new way to destroy a person’s brain, often making the patient worse than what he was before the procedure.

The procedure was performed while the patient was awake. A tool, looking like an ice pick, was placed in the corner of the patient’s eye and was hammered into the brain. A swoosh, swoosh, and Freeman scrambled the front of the patient’s brains. The result was often a docile patient. Sometimes the patient would die from the procedure. Other times, the patient would go onto commit suicide.