Los Angeles: Published by the Los Angeles Neurological Society. (1936). 1st edition. INSCRIBED, on the ffep, by the author to Dr. Walter Freeman. vii, [1 (blank)], 210 pp. Illustrated, from photographs & with drawings. 8vo. 9-1/4" x 6". Original publisher's vertically-ribbed blue cloth binding. No dust jacket. Spine dull. Cocked. A VG copy. Item #35040
Walter Freeman a Yale graduate, who attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Later in his career, he became president of the American Association of Neuropathologists from 1944 to 1945, and president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology from 1946 to 1947. Today, Freeman probably best remembered for the nearly 2,500 lobotomies performed duing his career, a procedure he popularized. "A neurologist without surgical training, he initially worked with several surgeons, including James W. Watts. In 1936, he and Watts became the first American doctors to perform prefrontal lobotomy (by craniotomy in an operating room)." The lobotomy fell out of favor in the 1950s with the advent of antipsychotic drugs, notably chlorpromazine. Freeman's career as a doctor ended rather ignobly, with his medical license revoked after a patient died of a brain hemorrage. [Wiki].