Dr. Walter Freeman is pretty much the man that made the frontal lobotomy famous.
Here is a documentary all about him: www.pbs.org...
You can't stream from that location, but the doc is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Anyway, I don't think he was trying to remove the third eye. I don't think psychiatry in general believes in the proverbial "third eye."
He legitimately thought he was helping people, he perfected a lobotomy procedure where they would enter the brain through the eye with what was
basically an ice pick, sever the connection to the frontal lobe and that was that. Dr Freeman would travel the country, visiting mental hospitals and
psych wards - performing hundreds of lobotomies in a day. I don't think that they were trying to remove the third eye, they just have a very limited
understanding of brain function and in severe cases, the lobotomy seemed to work.
It was barbaric and horrible, gruesome and disgusting, but back then doctors really thought they were helping people when doing this stuff.
So anyway, OP, I'm not sure what you're looking for. Your OP hints at brainstorming but doesn't really set any substantial framework for the
discussion... Before we go off on pseudo-sciences, however, I think we should learn and understand the hard sciences behind the procedure.
I think your hypothesis is flawed, that they were intentionally trying to remove the "third eye."
1: The "third eye" is supposedly located in the pineal gland - the lobotomy separated the frontal lobe, not the Epithalamus where the pineal gland is
2: Only "troubled youth" and other mental patients were given lobotomies. If the plan was to incapacitate the psychic powers of people, a larger and
broader demographic would have been used.
3: The lobotomy was eventually recognized as a barbaric and brutal procedure, and ultimately a failure. Dr Freeman felt great regret at what he had
done, as he did truly believe it to be helpful, and in many cases the lobotomy proved to give some "normality" back to schizophrenics and the mentally
There are specific accounts of frontal lobotomies gone wrong, it was definitely a dark time in modern medicine but there was a feeling of dominance
and control at the time, in many fields including medicine, economics, geo engineering, nuclear power, etc..
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**ETA: I forgot to mention that the frontal lobe serves mostly to INHIBIT the rest of the brain. The left and right hemisphere control both abstract
and rational though, and while it's often believed that one side controls one, and the other side controls the other, in reality both sides of the
brain work together to perform rational and abstract thought. The frontal lobe is the ultra rational, and serves to inhibit some of the more
instinctual, reactionary things that the old brain would act out upon if left to it's own devices. The relationship with the different regions of the
brain isn't fully understood, as we all know, but something happened in people after a lobotomy (severing the frontal lobe from the rest of the brain)
that seemed to "normalize" a wide spectrum of mental patients. Exactly why or how isn't understood, but people with these disorders have proven to
have increased and odd activity in their frontal lobes..
So I don't think anyone was trying to kill our "third eye" - but I do think the lobotomy is a great example of extreme medicine gone wrong, where
doctors put on their work boots and arm themselves with hammers and a saw, get inside your head and just start redecorating without really
understanding what they are doing.
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