Lobotomy Knives

Description (Brief)
Doctors used these instruments to perform the lobotomy procedure on patients diagnosed with particular psychiatric conditions. The procedure was introduced in 1935 and popularized in the United States by Walter J. Freeman in the 1940s. The doctor inserted the instrument into the frontal lobe of the brain to destroy its connection with other regions.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
orbitoclast
orbitoclasts
Date made
ca 1950
date(s) of previous ownership
1986-03-04
maker
Ator, Henry A.
Physical Description
steel, stainless (insturments material)
leatherette (case material)
black (case color)
Measurements
part: case (open): 13 7/8 in x 8 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 35.2425 cm x 22.225 cm x .635 cm
overall, case, closed: 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 24.13 cm x 7.9375 cm
part: case (closed): 9 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 23.8125 cm x 8.255 cm x 2.2225 cm
part: instruments: 9 in x 5/16 in x 1/4 in; 22.86 cm x .79375 cm x .635 cm
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
1986.0376.02
accession number
1986.0376
catalog number
1986.0376.02
1986.0376.02.A
1986.0376.02.B
subject
Health & Medicine
Disabilities
Insanity
Disabilities
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Disabilities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Henry A. Ator

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