My Lobotomy

My Lobotomy

A Memoir

eBook - 2007
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At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody, messy, rambunctious, 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. It wasn't until his forties that Howard began to pull his life together. But he still struggled with one question: Why? Through his research, Howard met other lobotomy patients and their families, talked with one of Freeman's sons about his father's controversial life's work, and confronted his own father about his complicity. And, in the doctor's files, he finally came face to face with the truth.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2007
ISBN: 9780307407672
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
RD594 .D85 2007eb
Additional Contributors: Fleming, Charles


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Jul 02, 2016

This was an eye-opening memoir that made me angry. I knew that lobotomies were done on people but I didn't know that children were ever the victim. Howard's behavior seemed like a typical or energetic child's behavior, although I'm sure he had some issues surrounding his mother's death. His stepmother was abusive and blamed him for everything that upset her strict household. That a doctor would agree to do this operation on a 12 year old child whom he talked to briefly only two times is a terrible tragedy. I am happy that Howard finally was able to piece his life together and he showed a lot of courage in doing the NPR radio program. His father was like many men of his generation - not able to outwardly show sympathy or love. His not supporting his son against Lou and letting the lobotomy happen was something that he dealt with by burying his feelings. This book made me want to read Dr. Freeman's biography.

Apr 28, 2015

A highly readable account of the author's life growing up as a lobotomy subject. He has always wondered - and is partially afraid to find out - why his parents wanted him to have a lobotomy at age 12. Did he hurt someone? Did he kill someone? In his 50s he learns that his father's health is not good, his grandmother, stepmother and the "doctor" who performed the lobotomy have died and he realizes he better start digging before all the people with the answers are dead. The memoir is his record of the excavating of his past and putting all the pieces together. It is a haunting narrative, at times, as we read about his life in and out of juvenile detention, a mental institution, halfway houses and prison. It is ultimately an uplifting book as the reader watches him grow from lonely victim to master of his destiny.

Apr 11, 2009



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