Morgue and autopsy theatre at St. Elizabeths Hospital, designed by Walter Freeman. Before he became famous for inventing the transorbital lobotomy, Freeman was the medical director at this, the only federal insane asylum. He was obsessed with the organic roots of mental illness, and commissioned Blackburn Laboratory in order to further study it. This autopsy theatre is now abandoned in the basement. The jars in the rear to the left used to contain the largest collection of human brains in America; when the morgue was abandoned they were donated to another institution. After leaving St. Elizabeths, Freeman would tour the country in his “lobotomobile”, performing thousands of lobotomies at other asylums in order to demonstrate the supposed effectiveness of his technique. He was ordered to stop after killing a patient. Freeman was never, in fact, a licensed medical doctor.
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