When you have returned from your Independence Day celebrations, please take a moment to consider the question in my last post, if you haven't already.
It's been a goofy week here in my skull. Definite signs of Paxil withdrawal, including but not limited to: light-headedness, more difficulty than usual in concentrating on dull technical copy, funny taste in mouth, emotional lability -- which ought to mean that my emotions have lips, but instead means occasional gusts of intense self-pity or irritation not in any way improved by the one-two punch of Willow Springs rejection plus stony silence in the wake of what I had thought was a promising first date. As I said to Annabel the last time I saw her, the only person who didn't reject my advances last week was an octogenarian neuroscientist. (Let me not be disingenuous, however -- if Dr. Freeman will consent to answer some of my questions, Willow Springs and that one dude can go hang.)
Speaking as we are of Walters Freeman, last night I was reading one of my little collection of outdated abnormal psychology textbooks, the one with the awesome title The Abnormal Personality. (If anyone has any unwanted outdated abnormal psychology textbooks, by the way, I will buy them from you, I love them so.) And I was struck anew by something I had forgotten about: this book mentions prefrontal lobotomy (as "the operation of last resort" that we need much less often now that we have chlorpromazine and reserpine, thank goodness) but doesn't mention frontal lobotomy, the ice pick kind, even in passing. This would not be a striking fact were the publication date of this book not 1964 -- when Walter had been performing frontal lobotomies for over twenty years, when he in fact had been performing frontal lobotomies for about three times as long as he had left to live. Why the complete silence? Was there this weird little window of time during which the medical community had already rejected ice pick lobotomies but still grudgingly endorsed the older kind? Particularly weird is the fact that Walter is quoted in this textbook, and he and Watts are credited with having performed the first American lobotomy. It's like saying that Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus and then not mentioning that he wrote anything else. I guess your colleagues were already trying to stuff you down the memory hole, Doctor.