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Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities

Air date: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 2:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Description: 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture in the History of Medicine:

This talk examines the career of Walter Freeman, the world's foremost exponent of lobotomy. Freeman was also an avid photographer, who almost invariably captured before-and-after images of his patients. The talk explains how Freeman's apparently eccentric practice fit into the larger picture of science and medicine in the mid-20th century, and how digital humanities methods have helped give context and nuance to Freeman's work. It concludes with a consideration of what DH methods might offer to historians of medicine in the twenty-first century.
Author: Miriam Posner, Assistant Professor, Information Studies Department, University of California Los Angeles
Runtime: 1 hour