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

Also I like to say "amygdala"

So I'm less anxious now. Instead I feel testy. Admittedly that's an improvement, but still, what is going on in there, midbrain?

Saturday night seems like the right time to point out that Egas Moniz and Walter Freeman disagreed as to how lobotomy worked. Egas said that your crazy was somehow physically concentrated in your frontal lobes and that if you physically destroyed that material the frontal lobes would have to relearn and maybe they'd do it right this time. Walter said your emotional midbrain was yelling so loud your frontal lobes couldn't hear themselves think. The point wasn't destroying the frontal lobes, it was destroying the connection between the frontal lobes and the stupid midbrain that wouldn't shut up. Like there's a screaming baby strapped to your back constantly, and that's making it hard for you to vacuum the living room, so we remove your cochleas. Now you can't hear anything but at least you can get a few things done, as long as they aren't things that require cochleas.

Give Walter his due: his model was more correct than cher maître's. That is why I politely ask my midbrain to explain itself. Hello? Amygdala? You have a call on line one, it's the person whose amygdala you are.
Tags: antónio egas moniz, i like to say "mulciber", lobotomy, someone should give me a backrub, those treasured frontal lobes, walter freeman, werewolfism
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