The lobotomy continues to fascinate and to haunt. How could the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology go to Egas Moniz for the invention of a procedure that, within two decades, was rejected, with horror, as barbaric? This same Walter Freeman ended his career with an office in the wealthy Silicon Valley then in its silicon infancy suburb of Los Altos. The book began as a result of a National Public Radio program on lobotomies, which, in effect, became a program on Dully.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — My Lobotomy by Howard Dully. Charles Fleming. At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents.
Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric transorbital—or ice pick—lobotomy. Abandoned by his fami At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents.
Abandoned by his family within a year of the surgery, Howard spent his teen years in mental institutions, his twenties in jail, and his thirties in a bottle. I gather that Mrs. Time was running out. Stable and happy for the first time in decades, Howard began to search for answers. Dully have apparently decided to have Howard operated on.
I suggested [they] not tell Howard anything about it. Revealing what happened to a child no one—not his father, not the medical community, not the state—was willing to protect, My Lobotomy exposes a shameful chapter in the history of the treatment of mental illness.
Yet, ultimately, this is a powerful and moving chronicle of the life of one man. Without reticence, Howard Dully shares the story of a painfully dysfunctional childhood, a misspent youth, his struggle to claim the life that was taken from him, and his redemption. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 4th by Crown first published More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of My Lobotomy: A Memoir. Feb 11, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. It all happened near where I live. I always wished the the man who wrote it --Howard Dully made some fricken money off this book -- He deserves it! 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.
This story is amazing!!! Won't take more 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! Its chilling -shocking -intriguing! A young boy at the time was raised by parents who just didn't love him His father pretty much agreed to 'whatever'. Freeman, working downtown Los Altos Hills, California, had invented the 'ice pick' lobotomy, and performed it in his office.
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? The 'shockers' in this book --as in 'how could this happen' will haunt the reader The school closed its door in one year.
I hear authors make so little these days All I know --is this man was treated so unfair -- and was a decent guy I hope life is treating him well. After reading this book --I read a little more about Dr. Freeman -- which is interesting also!
View all 48 comments. Feb 22, Darlene rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir. I'm a bus driver. I'm a husband, and a father, and a grandfather. I'm into doo-wop music, travel and photography. I'm also a survivor: In , when I was twelve years old, I was given a trans orbital or 'icepick' lobotomy.
My stepmother arranged it. My father agreed to it. Walter Freeman, the father of American lobotomy, told me he was going to do some 'tests'. It took ten minutes and cost two hundred dollars. The surgery damaged me in many ways In this memoir, 'My Lobotomy', Howard Dully with the assistance of journalist Charles Fleming , describes such an event.
In , when Howard was years-old, he was taken to a California hospital by his stepmother Lou and his father Rodney Dully and was given an 'icepick' lobotomy by Dr. Walter Freeman. To attempt to fully describe the impact this dubious procedure had on his life, Howard explains how the procedure was done and the reason the procedure was, for a time, a 'popular' one in treating a variety of psychoses which were not understood or considered treatable by any other means.
In Howard's case, in particular, an icepick-like instrument was inserted about three inches into each of his eye sockets and was twirled around, cutting connections between his frontal lobe and the rest of his brain. Howard makes the point a number of times throughout the book that he has no memory of the lobotomy.
Rather, he has relied on the memories of family members and the case notes and records of Dr. It is Dr. Freeman's notes which provide a shocking description of what Howard experienced the day of his lobotomy. To sedate patients in preparation for lobotomies, Dr. Freeman administered electroshock. In his notes regarding Howard, he wrote I eventually gave him four, after which he was quite slow in recovering.
I think it was one more than necessary His notes regarding Howard's lobotomy and the hours immediately following the procedure describe He had a considerable amount of vomiting during the night and I prescribed 50mg Dramamine for its control. He resisted efforts to get his eyes open and complained about the needles that were being given him. His temperature, pulse and respiration were quite normal. Freeman described Howard's vital signs as 'normal', Howard's life became far from normal and he would spend the next 40 years trying to piece together what had happened to him and why it had happened, with he hope that that obtaining this information would help him build a happier and productive life.
Had Howard been suffering from mental illness? And what were the consequences of the lobotomy on the remainder of Howard's childhood and young adulthood? In this memoir, Howard attempts to provide answers to these questions. He attempts to reconstruct the chronology of his life
My Lobotomy: A Memoir
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Look Inside. I n this heartfelt memoir from one of the youngest recipients of the transorbital lobotamy, Howard Dully shares the story of a painfully dysfunctional childhood, a misspent youth, his struggle to claim the life that was taken from him, and his redemption. At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric transorbital—or ice pick—lobotomy. Abandoned by his family within a year of the surgery, Howard spent his teen years in mental institutions, his twenties in jail, and his thirties in a bottle. Time was running out.
As a child, Howard Dully was a handful and a half. Wayward, high-spirited, dreamy, careless and slovenly, he drove his father and his stepmother to distraction. Unlike millions of other boys fitting the same description, at age 12 he underwent a transorbital lobotomy to cure his supposed psychological problems. Steel spikes were driven through the back of both eye sockets and into his brain to sever neural connections between the thalamus and the frontal lobe. Forty years of misery ensued, recalled by Mr. It is a painful tale with two unanswered questions at its heart. The first is, Why?