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IA Question/Topic Help on Lobotomies

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Hello! I'm working on my IA topic and I've really gravitated towards doing it on lobotomies. My question is:

 

To what extent were lobotomies used to control women and African Americans?

 

I'm pretty sure this question is too broad right now, so any ideas on where to narrow it down would be greatly appreciated! :) I'm also curious on the feasibility of this topic. My teacher warned me not to get off topic by discussing the science behind lobotomies, but I assured him that I wouldn't dream of doing that-- science is not my thing haha. I think I might end up traveling into a lot of bioethical implications, but I'm not sure if that's necessarily okay.

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What do you mean by "women and African Americans"? If I were you I would pick on instead of both because in my opinion people could interpret as you saying that some African Americans are not women. Plus it will be more focused on one specifically. 

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It's not a terrible question (although beware, it is easy to get sidetracked), but you might want to narrow some things down.

- Like the poster above said, pick between African-American people and women.

- What time period?

- What region?

- Was there a specific event during which this happened?

- I assume you mean lobotomies in psychiatric institutions, so exactly how are you going to get information? Something like a case study of a specific woman/person would be the best kind of source you could get, but that is going to be challenging.

- If you're doing a "to what extent essay", keep in mind that you MUST consider other factors that were used to control women/people and then compare that against lobotomies to reach a conclusion

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