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So for no adequate reason whatsoever I ended up reading about lobotomies... Well first I started with the one flew over the cuckoo nest.. Anyways, that is some crazy crazy outrageous crap!!!! Thank God for modern medicine!!! Before you guys jump into googling what a lobotomy is, stop and think if you really want to pollute your already suffering mind. Just saying, it really creeped me out.

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I knew a woman (my mother's friend's mother, whom we all called "Grandma") who had a lobotomy.  I believe it was because of epilepsy.  She was a very pleasant person to be around.  Sometimes you could kinda tell that she wasn't quite "all there", but she just didn't sit there drooling.  I believe she had hers done in the 60s maybe?  A much more sophisticated method than the ol' "ice pick method" for sure.

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I believe it is still done (obviously a lot more accurately than the ice-pick method) in cases of, non med-responsive, severe and intractable seizures. I think I read that in "The brain that changes itself". I suppose if you are having severe seizures all the time and meds don't help, that would be helpful and preferable.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Because at the time they didn't know better, didn't have meds that worked as well for some things, and weren't getting all the information from their pdocs.

 

I wrote a paper on this once for my schooling. It was a fascinating study in power dynamics.

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i read somewhere (some time ago) about a procedure where they cut part of the emotion center of the brain in half

the effect this produces is the person loses the ability to process abstract pain.  however consecquently they lose the ability to feel abstract pleasure

 

not sure if thats intruiging or terrifying

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I saw a documentary about the history of the lobotomy and the "lobotomy doctor," the guy who pioneered and popularized the procedure. It was horrifying, and I do not use that word lightly. I cried watching it, insofar as I cry.

 

The chronically mentally ill are my ethnic group.

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