Lobotomy won the Nobel Prize less than a century ago. Keyword: António Egas Moniz
We don't talk about this much, but lobotomy was widespread and widely accepted within the living memory of older folks. Walter Freeman, the American doc who gained infamy for performing these on thousands of patients, lost regard when a woman died after her THIRD lobotomy.
Imagine. Just imagine swirling a human being's brains for the *third* time. If she hadn't died shortly thereafter, this practice for managing uncooperative family members may well have continued.
Google this. Search it. Redisover the history, here. Lobotomized people live on today.
The fact that we no longer do this to people is a true godsend. But we could easily revert. It's critical that we fully understand the nature of the error.

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