Watts Carotid Artery Compressor


Henry A. Ator (1906-1995), the donor of this Watts Carotid Artery Compressor, was a machinist who manufactured Watts-Freeman lobotomy instruments.

Ref: Walter Freeman and James Winston Watts, Psychosurgery (Springfield, Ill., 1950).

“HENRY AVON ATOR,” Washington Post (April 2, 1995), p. B5.

“Dr. Walter Freeman Dies; Introduced Lobotomy Here,” Washington Post (June 1, 1972), p. C5.

“Neurosurgeon James Winston Watts Dies; Helped to Pioneer the Lobotomy,” Washington Post (Nov. 9, 1994), p. C4.

Jack El-Hai, The Lobotomist (Hoboken, 2005).

Date Made: c.1950Date(S) Of Previous Ownership: 1986 03 04

Maker: Ator, Henry A.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

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Credit Line: Gift of Henry A. Ator

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0376.05Accession Number: 1986.0376Catalog Number: 1986.0376.05

Object Name: Compressor, Carotid ArteryOther Terms: Compressor, Carotid Artery; Medicine

Physical Description: steel, spring (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 4 1/2 in x 1 in; 10.16 cm x 11.43 cm x 2.54 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-812e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_738845

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