Lobotomy: A Dangerous Fad’s Lingering Effect on Mental Illness Treatment

In the 1930s, a new brain surgery was brought to the United States. The lobotomy. Only a little more dangerous than operating to remove an infected tooth. It was performed on mentally ill patients all over the country. Hailed by the media as a miracle cure. Life Magazine, Time Magazine, The New York Times, they loved it. Lobotomy was felt to be mainstream science. It wins the Nobel Prize. But more than 40,000 surgeries later the brutal truth about lobotomy would come to light. They were basically going in and mushing around brain tissue and, unfortunately, in many cases, leaving patients worse off.

2 Responses to "Lobotomy: A Dangerous Fad’s Lingering Effect on Mental Illness Treatment"

  1. INGRID C DURDEN   May 16, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Medieval practice

  2. Jody   May 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    In the future society will probably look at the administration of so many vaccines to our children the same way we look at lobotomy today. We will ask ourselves how could we have been so naïve? Our medical history is full of examples like this.


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