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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Take it a little further and it’s not so much they didn’t care about him and neglected his well being in life, but that they were too worried about This was an interesting read and one that kept my attention well, but the recurrent theme in my mind while I was reading it was Also by Howard DullyCharles Fleming.

Over the years, the lobotomy has become almost a lobotimy of itself, a cultural shorthand that immediately conjures up images of zombies or dribbling madmen.

Freeman were performing this procedure today, half the kids I knew growing up would have been lobotomized. Freeman were performing this procedure today, half the kids I knew growing up would have been lobotomized.

Unlike Dully, Hutchinson was awake throughout his operation, which a psychiatrist had insisted would curb his aggressive tendencies.

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A very good, engrossing It seems to me that all the thank you letters that Dr. He did what he had to do to survive.

So many times I hodard “This couldn’t happen now. I blame everyone for what happened including myself. Afterward, it takes months for him to come out of his stupor. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. For someone to take a little boy and treat him so badly, then to try to destroy him is heartbreaking. First of all, before the procedure, Howard Dully was a perfectly normal, rambunctious twelve-year old boy; howardd had no mental problems whatsoever except maybe today he might well be diagnosed with mild Attention Deficit Disorder ; In November ofI heard on National Public Radio an extraordinary minute documentary about a man who, as a twelve-year old boy, was subjected to a transorbital lobotomy in December, Things have gotten much worse and she can barely endure it.

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I read the paperback edition which has an added chapter that shows his resolution and coming to peace with the horrible people who harmed him so badly. Valenstein says the procedure “spread like wildfire” because alternative treatments were scarce. The books tells of Howard’s life after the lobotomy ,his stepmother continued to send him away he grew up in juvenile homes and state hospital’s to being homeless and alcoholic.

Sep 22, Ilene rated it really liked it. The hospital, after a thorough evaluation, found no need for hospitalization and arranged a placement.

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All Howard Dully wanted was to be normal. I was not even involved enough to get angry with his father or stepmother, and by all rights, I should have been!

The true story of a young man whose entire personality and state of being was compromised by a barbaric surgical procedure, this book really teaches that age-old phrase, “if we don’t learn from the past, we’ll be doomed to repeat it”.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The result is a book that reads more like a standard if we can use that word memoir of child abuse than an outlandish story of mental incapacity. Not Enabled Screen Reader: This book won’t make you smile. howars


And I can’t help but think there is at least something the tiniest bit valid in his father’s attitude now: He’s a guy telling an incredible, albeit atrocious story, that I’m sure took a great deal of courage, time, and effort, and I admire him for that, but I can’t lo It makes me feel like a hoard insensitive bastard but I didn’t really like this book.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. How in the world could this happen, I thought to myself, in the United States, in the s? The writing was not always great but the story was compelling. Although not intellectually impaired, since Howard was not a child offender or mentally ill, the authorities didn’t know what to do with him, leading him to eventually lead a chaotic and eventually criminal lifestyle.

It is one of the few books I’ve read recently that engaged me, inspired me, enraged me, broke my heart. As a kid, the author was beaten ,y his dad and stepmother as a means of punishment. Howard had no confidence in himself, he felt himself to be the lowest of the low and acted this out for most of his life. Sep 26, Cynthia rated it really liked it.