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Freeman Transorbital Leucotome

Freeman Transorbital Leucotome

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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
Leucotome, transorbital
leucotome, transorbital
date made
ca 1950
date(s) of previous ownership
1986-03-04
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
steel, stainless (instruments material)
leatherette (case material)
black (case color)
Measurements
part: case (closed): 8 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 9.525 cm x 1.905 cm
overall, case, closed: 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 20.955 cm x 9.525 cm
part: case (open): 13 7/16 in x 10 in x 1/4 in; 34.13125 cm x 25.4 cm x.635 cm
part: instruments (each): 7 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 19.685 cm x 3.81 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
1986.0376.01
accession number
1986.0376
catalog number
1986.0376.01
1986.0376.01.A
1986.0376.01.B
Credit Line
Gift of Henry A. Ator
subject
Disabilities
Insanity
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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