War is Hell. And for some, the Hell outlives the war. Read this heart-wrenching accounting of some of the two thousand World War II Veterans who were lobotomized at the VA after fighting in the war. Compiled by the Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal: 2,000 WWII Vets lobotomized by VA
From this link: http://projects.wsj.com/lobotomyfiles/?ch=one
I have selected only two brief passages from the article and pasted them below, but would suggest reading the whole article at the WSJ site for all the extra features and photographs. Just click the link above.
Elias Alias, editor
Now 88, Dr. Merrell remains troubled by his role in Mr. Tritz’s case, the only lobotomy he recommended before leaving the VA. “Looking back at it, it was a terrible thing that came out of the psychiatric medical field at the time,” he says of lobotomy. “But it did allow for control of hospital patients—aggressive, combative patients—without having to hurt them.” (snip)
In 1953 a neurosurgeon at the Roseburg, Ore., VA hospital sought to test whether the operation had a real or placebo effect. He cut holes in the skulls of four mentally ill veterans and although he didn’t touch their brains, he told them afterward that they had had lobotomies. The surgeon reported that none showed “even slight improvement.”
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