The Lobotomy - A Question of Ethics

Kristoffer Sidenius, Dounia Boukaouit & Sofie Lystoft

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project offers an insight into the history of psychosurgery and into the history of the lobotomy especially. The project analyses the ethical issues concerning the use of the lobotomy both then and now. More specifically, it will analyse Egas Moniz and Walter Freeman’s justifications and reasoning for performing the procedure, and it seeks to shed light on this by applying utilitarianism and deontology as well as the four biomedical principles. In the discussion it will be discussed if the use of lobotomy can be justified in any way, and especially if the justification for the procedure was unethical.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2013
VejledereFinn Guldmann


  • Ethics
  • Deontology
  • Freeman
  • Utilitarianism
  • Moniz
  • Lobotomy
  • Psychiatry
  • biomedical