The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf
eyeteeth

Dr. Fulton don't get no respect

Slowly, slowly Small Peculiar garners more hits, and not solely from people searching for "cock ring" though there have been quite a few of those.



Fulton (who looked a bit like Rodney Dangerfield) and Jacobsen had given various puzzles to two chimps, Becky and Lucy, and then taken their frontal lobes out. Their performance in similar tests was almost identical after the operation. The real change was in their temperaments: Becky, who had been nervous, became calmer, while Lucy, who had been calm, became prone to frustration -- as I imagine I would be if you took the whole front of my brain out, though the whole front of my brain is probably what's doing the imagining.

Jack El-Hai calls this whole did-Moniz-ask-Fulton-about-operating-on-people thing "one of the most debated sequences of events in the history of psychiatric medicine." At least one historian has suggested that Fulton just made the whole story up in order to portray himself as the man who inspired the lobotomy. I wonder if he would backpedal if he were alive today.
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