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An instrument for performing leukotomy.
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Instead of a leucotome, Freeman used an actual icepick, which he would hammer through the corner of an eye socket using a mallet.
Using a sharp-ended tube called a cannula and a leucotome, the doctor supposedly made 'sweeping movements' and 'stab incisions'.
Moore of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Psychiatric Hospital had no argument with the transorbital lobotomy, but objected to the leucotome. He felt that it was too awkward to use, and could get 'lost' in the brain.
The press ran with success stories, many of them planted by Freeman, and the public was misled into believing that psychiatrists and neurosurgeons pushed their leucotomes with simple elegance and precision.