My Lobotomy: A Memoir [Howard Dully, Charles Fleming] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this heartfelt memoir from one of the. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. At age 12, in , Dully received a transorbital or My Lobotomy: A Memoir by [Dully, Howard, Fleming, Charles]. At the age of 12, Howard Dully was given a lobotomy, one of It felt like a broom handle was being pushed in my brain and my head was.

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Both of them came together He talks about how it was arranged and how his step mom put him through this horrible invention. After the lobotomy, Howard was bounced around from psychiatric institutions to boarding schools, but never, permanently, to live with his brothers, father, and stepmother again. It sounds like he was troubled, but it was likely due to his unstable childhood—the death of his mother, an uncaring father, and a jealous and rigid stepmother.

Freeman received were from the family members of his victims, who would naturally find their annoying family members more agreeable after having their frontal lobes scrambled and rendering them much more passive.

This book is hard to put down, it’s a page turner. His father pretty much agreed to ‘whatever’.

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Throughout the description of his childhood and the events that lead up to the lobotomy, Dully comes off as pretty self-serving. My Lobotomy is a careful step back for Howard on a subject that he has never discussed freely until now. A very good, engrossing It seems to me that all the thank you letters that Dr. I’m a shallow reader I guess.

Ask Me Why I Hurt: As I read this book, and his story, I found myself vascillating between wanting to hug this boy and wanting to bitchslap his father and stepmother upside the head. My father agreed to it. He said that my mother was his wife, the woman he had chosen to marry and I was only the daughter born to them and if he had to choose, he would choose her.


He was homeless, drug-addicted and alcoholic, a petty criminal with little concept of how to live a normal life. I am glad Howard has found love and compassion in his adult life. If you do read this make sure you get the paperback edition.

My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

It was the first time he had seen his medical files and dhlly first time he had found the courage to confront his past and speak to his father. Howard told the readers his mom died when she gave birth to her last son and his dad got remarried to what is now his step mom.

Dully breaks off and leans back in his chair, arms folded across his black polo lobottomy. Open Preview See a Lobotom How does he feel when he sees these photographs? There’s a problem loading this menu right hhoward. Sep 22, Ilene rated it really liked it. It only takes 2 days for her to convince his father. This absence is refreshing but also surprising.

They were pliable and docile–words that I hate to apply to people, but that are completely appropriate here. The lobotomy is a pretty random treatment, and it is shocking how Freeman was let loose to use this procedure which often killed the very people he was trying to help. Discarded sweet wrappers, daydreaming spells and the odd glimpse of youthful defiance – it would appear to be a relatively innocuous list, but it was enough for Freeman.

He was bad, so they put an ice pick in his brain…

Audio will be available later today. Yet, ultimately, this is a powerful and lobltomy chronicle of the life of one man.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. One of Freeman’s youngest patients is today a year-old bus driver living in California. This book will show you what really happens after a lobotomy.

More often than not, it just caused irreversible brain damage or death, or had no discernible effect at all. He decided that his minute lobotomy could be used on others besides the incurably mentally ill.

Who is more barbaric? Dully took decades to recover from the surgery to the point where he could function in society;[vague] he was institutionalized for years as a juvenile in Agnews State Hospital as a minortransferred howatd Rancho Linda School in San Jose, California, a school for children with behavior problems, incarcerated, howrd was eventually homeless and an alcoholic.

A big fan of memoirs, I love reading about others, discovering what makes them tick. Following the death of his mother from cancer inDully’s father married single mother Shirley Lucille Hardin in This is the most heart-breaking book I have ever read. Walter Freeman’s operation was supposed to relieve suffering. It’s this that makes Cully Lobotomy one of the saddest stories you’ll ever read. But that takes about forty year’s more worth of pages or so to happen.

He made the landmark NPR broadcast and wrote this memoir. Whether or not his father finally tells Dully of his love and hpward no spoiler here! Howard Dully’s Journey Listen. Freeman were dead, and due to the aftereffects of the surgery, he was unable to rely on his own memories.

Freeman and his lobotomy became famous.