Frontal lobotomy conducted using ECT (video)

A video has emerged on Youtube showing the graphic detail of a person receiving a frontal lobotomy.

The footage, shot in black and white and appearing to be from c.1960 shows a female patient receiving Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) to force unconsciousness, followed by a procedure which includes entering the frontal lobe from above the eyelid to remove “most of the connections to and from the prefrontal cortex”.

This procedure for frontal lobotomy was used in the UK and USA for a number of years and believed to be able to cure mental illnesses.

WARNING: This video is quite graphic. It’s definitely not for the squeamish.


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