The Worst Nobel Prize Ever Awarded

The Worst Nobel Prize Ever Awarded

SciShow explores the grim story of the lobotomy, the medical procedure that earned its inventor perhaps the most regrettable Nobel Prize in history.

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Sources:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dh35lo.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com.weblib.lib.umt.edu:8080/science/article/pii/S1045187003700296
http://ibro.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fulton-John-Faquhar.pdf
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1949/moniz-article.html
http://lobotomy.umwblogs.org/the-begining/
http://www.gesnerus.ch/fileadmin/media/pdf/2005_1-2/077-101_Kotowicz.pdf

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19 Responses

  1. André Santos says:

    As a portuguese… I’m not ashamed. Egas Moniz pursued scientific knowledge
    with the resources and the knowledge that it was available at the time. He
    followed the scientific method and the results seamed to achieve the
    result. His intentions were good (not like making a bomb or kill people)
    and he proceded in the way he thought was the most correct. Why would you
    blame someone for that? It was just an unfortunate achievement.

  2. Anon Omous says:

    The WORST Nobel Prize awarded, BY FAR, was the one given to OBama!!!

  3. PineSG says:

    Great video… but the “fight” continues!!! It was just back in the 1990’s
    That I had a conversation about what was going on in state run long term
    mental retardation center. These are centers for people that cannot
    function in society and most likely never will.
    The problem was ( just as in this video) the staff were working with
    patients to minimize disruptive behavior, and if that goal was met then
    that was the treatment. So if little jonny was flopping around and putting
    him in a straight jacket stopped it.. then Jonny dailys treatment was to be
    put in a straight jacket. ( you can replace straight jacket with some drug
    for a more accurate analogy). This met the goal for reducing disruption.
    But does it do anything to improve the patients life? Is a chemical
    lobotomy any more humane than a surgical one? America still has a long way
    to go. 

  4. wholeNwon says:

    Lobotomy should be viewed from the perspective of patients and physicians
    desperate for effective treatment before psychotropic drugs became
    available. Muted affect, often loss of elements of “personality” present
    before the procedure weighed against being chained to a wall in Bedlam
    (Bethlem Hospital really existed) for life. This was often the choice that
    confronted physicians, patients and their desperate loved ones.

  5. Jonathan Oakey says:

    Interesting video, thanks – but one minor correction, the prefix “leuco” is
    from Greek, not Latin. The suffix “-tomy” comes from a Greek verb meaning
    “to cut”, just FYI :)

  6. Eurico Martins says:

    This video was very interesting to me. I’m Portuguese and Ega Moniz, at
    least from my prespective is remembered more from his writtings than from
    his medical carreer. In fact i never even knew that he was a Nobel prize
    nominate 2 time let alone that he was given the Nobel prize…

    But that can be just me, although i would think that people here wouldn’t
    want to remember him from what is now seen as an inhumane proceedure.

  7. Kelley Ferguson says:

    I’m a student of Behavioural Science at St. Lawrence College in Ontario,
    Canada. I am in my second year and have already looked at some the
    historical ways of “treating” mental illness. I loved this further in depth
    information about lobotomy, I knew how t was used but did realize how much
    it was used in the states before SSRIs. Thnaks for sharing ^_^

  8. Vittamar Akbin says:

    Would this be a method to make some submissive servants? :-)

  9. canis002 says:

    my reaction to this video:
    iiieeeyyy!! they are mentioning a Portuguese, finaly, this is going to be
    good….. ho wait…….. Crap.
    Egas Monis was an Awesome dude who saved a lot of lives. he has a Statue in
    Lisbon and even an Hospital named after him.

  10. Vittamar Akbin says:

    I wouldn’t say this is the worst nobel price awarded. At that time, doctors
    wanted to act rather than wait for a cure. They thought, that they at least
    wouldn’t suicide and would “work” in a society. It’s just depends how you
    look at it.

  11. Joanna P. says:

    5:45 “leuco” and “tome” are actually not latin but greek :)

  12. SkewbForty says:

    Woah. An end to my crippling depression and all I have to sacrifice is my
    personality? Everybody hates my personality anyway. Even my parents.

    I want this. So bad.

  13. EduEnYT says:

    Get forcibly drafted, get sent to hell on earth, almost get killed, see
    your friends turned into mincemeat in front of you, and end up
    psychologically broken.
    And when you return to your country, get part of your brain cut out and
    become a drooling zombie, as a reward for your services.

    Need any more reasons to not join the military?

  14. EduEnYT says:

    Is it me or governments just love to turn their citizens into zombies and
    can’t wait for new forms to do it?

  15. Dave Barrack says:

    I think that first photo of John Fulton was mixed up with one of Rodney
    Dangerfield. 

  16. Epic Proportions says:

    I do fine for the stretch but then I say the wrong cranberry.

  17. Balázs Nagy says:

    In the film Shutter Island the main character chooses lobotomy as a form of
    suicide. I think that summarizes the procedure quite well.

  18. tomzalatnai says:

    Haber should have used his discovery to invent less stupid-looking glasses.

  19. Blahidontcare11 says:

    I want a lobotomy