In an era where mental illness was greatly increasing, and not a cure was to be found, many were desperate for help. When Dry. Walter Freeman recreated his own version of Lobotomy, a lot of people saw it as their only option, while others had no option. Despite the horrific image and procedure of lobotomy, thousands believed this surgery to be a very helpful thing for the mentally ill patients. Dry. Freeman may have had ethical reasons to perform this operation, but in reality, he was completely unethical. Dry.
Freeman was unethical when performing lobotomies. He wanted to help people’s mental state to improve; he had good intentions, and wanted to have a good reputation. After their operation is finished and are fully healed, a lot of patients felt that their behavior actually improved and everything that was once wrong with them was okay. Many of those patients became very appreciative of Dry. Freeman because of this. Although these facts make Freeman’s actions seem ethical, there are other facts that prove him to be unethical. For example, Dry.
Freeman never had any of the patients onset to be operated on. Some patients even begged not to get the surgery done on them. Sure, some of those patients improved, but only because he operated on many of them without permission. Freeman took a lot of peoples only option away from them. It didn’t matter how many successful lobotomy operations were performed because Just as many, if not more operations that either worsened a patient’s mental state, or ended in fatality. The more lobotomies Dry. Freeman performed the more knowledge and experience he gained.
Having more experiences made the succession rate of lobotomies go up. This operation being successful meant that a lot more patients got the opportunity to be well enough to go home. Dry. Freeman’s intentions were all good. He Just really wanted to do something for people in a time when no one bothered to do anything for them. With every good, comes some bad. Despite the succession rate increasing, Freeman’s actions were illegal. He had no license to perform surgeries on anyone, whatsoever. Freeman often let patients die due to mistakes that could have easily en avoided.
For example, three patients died because the needle slipped while freeman was too busy taking a picture. He claims his intentions were all good, but clearly they weren’t. If they were he would never have been so careless. Whenever a patient died during the surgery, Dry. Freeman would simply pack up his things and flee, leaving the deceased patient behind and forgotten. If an experiment goes good the first time tested, people automatically trust that the results are almost always going to turn out for the better.
People trusted lobotomies because the first one ever performed was a success. They began to believe that lobotomies actually worked. Sometimes they did. Their lives got easier, but you still have to face reality and realize how wrong Freeman’s surgeries were. Not only did he lack a license and a medical degree, he also would perform these lobotomies on conscious patients. They felt all the pain. Many patients felt like they were being tortured. The pain was so unbearable; it was often compared to a gun shot in the head.
By observing and understanding boot sides to lobotomy, one can conclude that Dry. Freeman’s actions were absolutely unethical. HE was blinded by his ambitions to realize how horrible and wrong his actions were. Freeman was not an evil man, but he failed to realize the needs and wants of his patients. He worsened peoples mental state, failed to have any ones consent, and only cared about how this helped his reputation, Instead of caring what other people suggested, he went with his own opinions and thoughts and cared only about his worries.