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The Pictures Your History Teacher Couldn’t Show You

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80. 1967: Vladimir Komarov’s Remains from Space

As one of the first people to explore outer space, Vladimir Komarov was bound to end up in the history books. Unfortunately, he became the first person to die in space too. On his recovery, this is what remained of his body. He had plummeted to earth and died on re-entry. 

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79. Late 1930s: Ice Pick Lobotomy

Dr. Walter Freeman learned of the lobotomy in 1935 and modified it himself. The procedure was used on the mentally ill – an ice pick was inserted into the patient’s brain through their eye socket. It was moved around to sever any connection between the frontal lobe. The procedure was responsible for approximately 490 deaths. Freeman himself, performed more than 2,900 lobotomies, including on 19 children. The procedure led to the patient living out their remaining years in a vegetative state or in child-like behavior. 

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