The Tragic History of the Lobotomy

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Even today, scientists struggle to understand the human brain. But back in the 1930s, people had very few options if their family members had severe mental illnesses, until a new procedure exploded on the medical scene: A surgery called the lobotomy.

In a new video (below), the Retro Report documentary team looks into the history of the lobotomy, and how it led to the much-improved psychiatric neurosurgery of today. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear Retro Report Producer Barbara Dury explain how the procedure gained popularity in the United States.