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At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric transorbital—or ice pick—lobotomy.

Abandoned by his family within a year of the surgery, Howard spent his teen years in mental institutions, his twenties in jail, and his thirties in a bottle. It wasnt until he was in his forties that Howard began to pull his life together. But even as he began to live the “normal” life he had been denied, Howard struggled with one question: Why?

“October 8, 1960. I gather that Mrs. Dully is perpetually talking, admonishing, correcting, and getting worked up into a spasm, whereas her husband is impatient, explosive, rather brutal, wont let the boy speak for himself, and calls him numbskull, dimwit, and other uncomplimentary names.”

There were only three people who would know the truth: Freeman, the man who performed the procedure; Lou, his cold and demanding stepmother who brought Howard to the doctors attention; and his father, Rodney. Of the three, only Rodney, the man who hadnt intervened on his sons behalf, was still living. Time was running out. Stable and happy for the first time in decades, Howard began to search for answers.

“December 3, 1960. Mr. and Mrs. Dully have apparently decided to have Howard operated on. I suggested [they] not tell Howard anything about it.”

Through his research, Howard met other lobotomy patients and their families, talked with one of Freemans sons about his fathers controversial lifes work, and confronted Rodney about his complicity. And, in the archive where the doctors files are stored, he finally came face to face with the truth.

Revealing what happened to a child no one—not his father, not the medical community, not the state—was willing to protect, My Lobotomy exposes a shameful chapter in the history of the treatment of mental illness. Yet, ultimately, this is a powerful and moving chronicle of the life of one man. Without reticence, Howard Dully shares the story of a painfully dysfunctional childhood, a misspent youth, his struggle to claim the life that was taken from him, and his redemption.

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About the Author

HOWARD DULLY is a tour bus driver who lives happily with his wife in San Jose, California. This is his first book.

CHARLES FLEMING is a former Newsweek correspondent and Vanity Fair contributor and the coauthor of a number of bestselling nonfiction books. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Byrne025, September 6, 2011 (view all comments by Byrne025)
Fantastic book from first hand experience. Howard captured his childhood life in such great detail, it makes you want to jump in the book and help the helpless!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307381279
Author:
Dully, Howard
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
Howard Dully with Charles Fleming
Author:
Various
Author:
Fleming, Charles
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Psychosurgery
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Dully, Howard
Subject:
Psychosurgery - Patients - United States
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Subject:
memoir;lobotomy;non-fiction;psychology;mental illness;autobiography;mental health;abuse;medicine;biography;child abuse;psychiatry;dysfunctional family;family;california;medical;medical ethics;brain;lobotomies;science;mental institution;stepmothers;health;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.30x.69 in. .49 lbs.

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