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Unethical use of good science in lobotomy pocedures

When good science becomes used for unethical practices, it is called eugenics. The lobotomy procedure may be seen as the extension of good science beyond its medical and ethical limits. The first consideration in any standard medical practice includes adherence to ethical guidelines, such as Deception, Informed Consent, Right to Withdraw, Protection from Physical and Psychological Harm. Lobotomies were originally used to treat patients with depression and other affective disorders. However, the lobotomy procedure was not used with appropriate care, and did not follow the accepted medical standards of today, particularly by Walter Freeman in the United States. More than 40,000 patients in the 1940s and 1950s were lobotomized. The creator of lobotomies, Egas Moniz of Portugal, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his lobotomy invention in 1949, but by the late 1950s the lobotomy had fallen out of favor. The side effects included major damage to the personalities and intellectual powers of patients.

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The first consideration in any standard medical practice includes adherence to ethical guidelines, such as Deception, Informed Consent, Right to Withdraw, Protection from Physical and Psychological Harm. Lobotomies were originally used to treat patients with depression and other affective disorders. However, ...

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When good science becomes used for unethical practices, it is called eugenics. The lobotomy procedure may be seen as the extension of good science beyond its medical and ethical limits.

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