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

Today's stix will be later than usual because I'm in Philadelphia and I'm exhausted from a day of travel and transcription. The letters of Walter's in the collection of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia are those he wrote to Japan's leading lobotomist, Sadao Hirose, in the fifties and sixties, and they're sad, because they show Walter groping for relevance at the end of his life. "There are signs of awakening interest in psychosurgery again in this country, more or less restricted to the patients with obsessive tension states who do not do well either with the drugs or with electroshock. If people were not so tired of hearing about lobotomy I might be tempted to write something on the subject myself." Come on, Walter, I don't let that stop me!
Tags: obsessivo, sadao hirose, walter freeman
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