Doctors study an X-ray before a lobotomy procedure in 1941. Its inventor won the Nobel Prize in 1949. The cutting-away of the brain's frontal lobes was performed on psychiatric patients until the 1960s, when it fell out of favor and was supplanted with drug therapy.
The UW's teaching program for bioethics is recognized as one of the nation's most vibrant and comprehensive such collection of courses. UW Medicine writer Brian Donohue spoke with several instructors to generate a seven-part series of Q&As. They give readers insight into the major dilemmas of yesteryear and today that confront doctors and researchers, patients and subjects.