My Lobotomy

My LobotomyA Gut Wrenching Memoir By A Man Who Was Lobotomized At The Age Of Twelve Assisted By Journalist Novelist Charles Fleming, Howard Dully Recounts A Family Tragedy Whose Sophoclean Proportions He Could Only Sketch In His Powerful 2005 Broadcast On NPR S All Things Considered In 1960, He Writes, I Was Given A Transorbital, Or Ice Pick Lobotomy My Stepmother Arranged It My Father Agreed To It Dr Walter Freeman, The Father Of The American Lobotomy, Told Me He Was Going To Do Some Tests It Took Ten Minutes And Cost Two Hundred Dollars Fellow Doctors Called Freeman S Technique Barbaric An Ice Pick Like Instrument Was Inserted About Three Inches Into Each Eye Socket And Twirled To Sever Connections From The Frontal Lobe To The Rest Of The Brain The Procedure Was Intended To Help Curb A Variety Of Psychoses By Muting Emotional Responses, But Sometimes It Irreversibly Reduced Patients To A Childlike State Or In 15 Percent Of The Operations Freeman Performed Killed Them Outright Dully S Ten Minute Test Did Neither, But In Some Ways It Had A Far Crueler Result, Since It Didn T End The Unruly Behavior That Had Set His Stepmother Against Him To Begin With I Spent The Next Forty Years In And Out Of Insane Asylums, Jails, And Halfway Houses, He Tells Us I Was Homeless, Alcoholic, And Drug Addicted I Was Lost From All Accounts, There Was No Excuse For The Lobotomy Dully Had Never Been Crazy, And His Not Very Bad Behavior Sounds Like The Typical Acting Up Of A Child In Desperate Need Of Affection His Stepmother Responded With Unrelenting Abuse And Neglect, And His Father Allowed Her To Demonize His Son And Never Admitted His Complicity In The Lobotomy Freeman Capitalized On Their Monumental Dysfunction It S A Tale Of Epic Horror, And While Dully S Courage In Telling It Inspires Awe, Listeners Are Left To Speculate About What Drove Supposedly Responsible Adults To Such Unconscionable Acts. Update 1.99 Kindle special today A chilling page turning TRUE STORY Took place in my neighborhood Part in Los Altos Hills and part just up the street 2 blocks from my house and part in a school about 5 miles up on a hill opened and closed all in one year etc etc etc.This story is amazing Won t take than 3 or 4 hours to read because you will have trouble putting it down once you begin reading it.I read this ages ago then got to talking about it with another GR s friend the other day.Its chilling shocking intriguing Its sad Its TRUE It happened in my neighborhood A young boy at the time was raised by parents who just didn t love him at least not his stepmother His father pretty much agreed to whatever Dr Freeman, working downtown Los Altos Hills, California, had invented the ice pick lobotomy, and performed it in his office Howard Dully was only 12 years old when his parents paid 200 to have it done to him Howard was never a violent child he never hurt anyone he wasn t failing in school He had no idea what he might have done wrong For 40 years he asked himself why Why did they do it to me Thenwhen he was 54 years old living up the street from where I live for awhile , went looking for the an
I read this book carefully as my grandfather had bi polar disease or manic depression as it was called then and regular electric shock treatments and was recommended a lobotomy I could not for the life of me see what difference a lobotomy made to the author He suffered not a single one of the complications of the operation and it was only his shame at having been lobotomized that affected his life He made it the centre of his life when it was really not the issue at all.The issue was the extreme child abuse, of which the lobotomy was part, handed out by his stepmother, a classic wicked stepmother for true The stereotype of Snow White s murderous stepmother, the abusive stepmothers of Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, even Imogen s stepmother in Shakespeare s Cymbeline are all brought to life in the person of the second Mrs Dully and her hateful, enabling husband, Dully s un natural father.I understand Mr Dully At 14 I was taken to Wales only 3 star Michelin restaurant for my first dinner alone with my father I was grown up This was wonderful Not Although he was still quite young my father had had several heart attacks it ran through
This book annoyed me from the beginning It s the literary equivalent of The Da Vinci Code While I realize that lobotomy is not an accepted form of psychiatric treatment today, back when Howard was growing up and exhibiting a large number of red flags concerning his state of mind from failing in school, to doing drugs, to robbing places, his inability to connect with any other people and generally refusing to take any responsibility for his own actions, I can completely understand why the lobotomy happened to him especially with his stepmother lobbying for help to anyone who would listen I just couldn t stand how he proves himself as a huge, whiny victim the entire time and then, finally, at the end decides that what really needs to happen in someone s life is that they take responsibility for it No doubt Too bad he couldn t have learned that lesson 40 years earlier and stopped me from having to
It s appropriate that one of this book s most salient elements is what it lacks any discussion of the neurophysiology of behavior This absence is refreshing but also surprising With the recent flood of neuro literature on the shelves today, one expects a book about lobotomy to review and presumably critique the current research on brain function But Dully eschews this scientific or scientistic territory, favoring the engaging human interest elements of his story the malevolent stepmother, the beleagured and unavailable father, etc The result is a book that reads like a standard if we can use that word memoir of child abuse than an outlandish story of mental incapacity This makes the whole thing banal, but it also makes it relatable and, therefore, tragic.One of the book s most satisfying maneuvers is that it draws tragic parallels between the life of the author and that of Freeman, the man who performed the titular operation The ta
I was terribly intrigued by what a lobotomy was and once I found that out, I was horrified that our society would ALLOW it to be done to anyone, much less a twelve year old little boy.But this book wasn t as entrancing for me as I d hoped it would be A big fan of memoirs, I love reading about others, discovering what makes them tick As sad as Howard Dully s story was, the writing style wasn t tight enough to satisfy A LOT of repetition throughout the same facts presented to the reader over and over in an attempt to convince that his stepmother truly did have it out for him from the beginning Yes, I can tell she s a nasty bitch pretty early on But it seems, throughout the book, that the author can t get past her ill intentions and must CONSTANTLY revisit and revisit the specific things she said and did on particular dates in a tiring effort to prove to the reader that it was all very unfair and unloving, and that he is entitled to feel pissed off about it all Yes, I READ what the author said she did on pages X, Y, and Z I remember it, know it was lousy, and need him to get on with what happened NEXT After m
My Lobotomy is one of the most shockingly intense books I ve ever read The true story of a young man whose entire personality and state of being was compromised by a barbaric surgical procedure, this book really teaches that age old phrase, if we don t learn
Yet another book that makes you just want to find a kid to hug The most heartbreaking part of his story is how no one ever spoke to him, when what he really needed was someone to step in and take him out of a really shitty family situation. He poked these knitting needles into my skull, through my eye sockets, and then swirled them around until he felt he had scrambled things up enough 97.December 15, 1960, at 12 years old, Howard Dully s life changed forever.On November 30, 1948, Howard was born to Rodney and June Dully Two brothers followed, Brian and Bruce Bruce, the third child, was born brain damaged June had been ill and 12 days after Bruce s birth, died, never leaving the hospital Colon cancer, undiagnosed until after death, had grown unchecked within her Howard and Brian were without a mother Bruce would never live with them Four year old Howard Dully was told his mother would never come home again she was gone.Enter Lou in 1955 with her sons, Cleon and George Howard writes, All I knew is one day she wasn t there, and the next day she was 18 Known for her temper, Lou became the deciding factor leading up to the day Howard s life changed On December 15, 1960, psychiatrist Walter Freeman poked ice picks into Howard s eye sockets, performing a transorbital lobotomy.Lou had issues with Howard she made it quite
Howard Dully memoir recounts in great detail and candor his struggle to discover why he was lobotomized at age 12 Although I certainly felt for him and appreciated the enormity of his struggle to find truth and closure, I do wish I had come away from the book with a deeper understanding of the effect the actual procedure had on him I understood that much of the trouble he had in his later life had to do with the fact of the awful betrayal his parents committed in allowing this to be done to him, and alsoin large part to their subsequent abandonment of Howard to various institutions and ofster homes but I didn t understand how the procedure itself made him feel, whether it dulled his emotions, made him forgetful,
Wow What an amazing story Rarely do books truly bring a tear to my eye, but anyone who is not moved by what this guy endured is surely bereft of a soul.I had heard of Walter Freeman, the doctor who popularised the use of the transorbital lobotomy, but reading the experiences and feelings of someone who d been on the other end of the ice pick is entirely different.Howard Dully was essentially loathed by his step mother She seems to have wanted rid of him, one way or another Bewilderingly, Howard s father and any number of medical professionals, and other adults who should have been in positions of responsibility, allowed Freeman who was neither a trained surgeon or psychiatrist , to poke an ice pick into the brain of a 12 year old boy and jiggle it around a bit.Unsurprisingly, this pretty much screwed up Howard s chances at leading a normal life Although not intellectually impaired, since Howard was not a child offender or mentally ill, the au

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