The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf
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Browsing through El-Hai just now I stumbled over a quote I had forgotten about, and I'm glad I did, because it is probably the most concise and evocative description I have found of what lobotomy seemed to promise during the years when it was new and innovative. It's from a 1937 Washington Evening Star article by science writer Tom Henry: "[Lobotomy] probably constitutes one of the greatest surgical innovations of this generation... It seems unbelievable that controllable sorrow could be changed into normal resignation with an auger and a knife."
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