18 Facts About Lobotomies

Lobotomies aren't fun.

1. A lobotomy consists of removing the frontal lobes of the brain.

2. 40,000 people in the United States were lobotomized.

3. After having a lobotomy you can barely move.

4. After having a lobotomy you won't be able to say much at all.

5. Lobotomy procedures were very unsafe.

6. Many people died right after having had a lobotomy.

7. Another  term for lobotomy is frontal-lobe castration.

8. The main reason psychiatric patients were given lobotomies was to calm them down and shut them up.

9.  Scientists tested the idea of a lobotomy out on monkey's first (always a good idea to test on monkeys first).

10. American neurosurgeons did not typically think highly lobotomies.

11. Most lobotomies were performed in the 1940's.

12. Lobotomies were used as a sort of last resort treatment.

13. The Lobotomy was once publicized as a "miracle treatment".

14. Lobotomies make great Christmas presents.

15. Antidepressants and other medications replaced the use of the lobotomy in the 1950's.

16. Lobotomies aren't performed that much today folks, but they do happen.

17. It's not a good idea to ask for a lobotomy when you go to Walmart.

18. Lobotomies were popularized by the release of the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.

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