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  • adj. Crossing through the orbit, or eye socket
  • n. a commercial spacecraft operating between the planets of the solar system


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  • The new technique -- called transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery, or TONES Top headlines

  • Known as the transorbital or “ice pick” lobotomy, the crude and destructive brain-scrambling operation performed on thousands of psychiatric patients between the 1930s and 1960s was touted as a cure for mental illness.”

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  • American doctors used ice picks and local anesthesia....the transorbital lobotomy.

    Brain surgery done with a common hardware store power drill.

  • But another procedure championed by Freeman was the transorbital, or ice pick lobotomy.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2006

  • But another procedure championed by Freeman was the transorbital -- or ice pick lobotomy.

    CNN Transcript Nov 21, 2005

  • Rather, especially after Dr. Freeman abandoned surgical lobotomy for the somewhat hit-or-miss transorbital procedure, I believe that follow-up results would show that some patients were helped, some were harmed, but for most the operation had little effect, one way or the other.

    'Killing Cures': An Exchange

  • As one who was associated with Dr. Walter Freeman as his office assistant in 1945 and 1946 when he was performing transorbital lobotomies in his office, I would like to comment on some aspects of Sherwin Nuland's review of Jack El-Hai's book The Lobotomist.

    'Killing Cures': An Exchange

  • The film, which also stars Bat Out of Hell rocker Meat Loaf Aday, takes place in a small town in the 1950's and follows a mixed-up girl seeking a transorbital lobotomy.

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  • Changing Our Minds incorporates a film clip from the late 1940s, now slightly muddy, of a young gay man undergoing a transorbital lobotomy.

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  • The procedure was developed by Egas Moniz in Portugal in 1935 and introduced into the United States a year later by Walter Freeman and James W. Watts of the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Psychosurgery a generic term that included prefrontal and transorbital lobotomy was undoubtedly the most radical therapeutic procedure ever developed in psychiatry; its effects were irreversible and the outcome not always predictable.

    The Mad Among Us


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