transorbital lobotomy


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Noun1.transorbital lobotomy - a method of performing prefrontal lobotomy in which the surgical knife is inserted above the eyeball and moved to cut brain fibers
frontal lobotomy, leucotomy, leukotomy, lobotomy, prefrontal leucotomy, prefrontal leukotomy, prefrontal lobotomy - surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes
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Freeman did not invent the transorbital lobotomy, but certainly made it popular.
Moore of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Psychiatric Hospital had no argument with the transorbital lobotomy, but objected to the leucotome.
Freeman instituted two modifications: Instead of anesthesia, he would give the patient an electroshock, and he would devote himself to "transorbital lobotomy," which he described very tellingly to one of his sons as "knocking [patients] out with a shock and while they are under the 'anesthetic' thrusting an ice pick up between the eyeball and the eyelid through the roof of the orbit[,] actually into the frontal lobe of the brain[,] and making the lateral cut by swinging the thing from side to side."