Gather round ladies and gentlemen, do we have a deal for you. Your kid having trouble sleeping? Wife nagging you? Secretary too melancholy? Try to the Lobotomy procedure and fix them right up! Sounds crazy but a vehicle called the Lobotomy-Mobile used to travel the country to shove an icepick in people eye sockets to scrape out some brain and it was touted as a miracle cure. And this is just one of several horrifying old-timey treatments that were inflicted on people. This week we explore some of the more jaw-dropping examples throughout history. And, we see if they are still practiced today (spoiler: many, many are). So dust off your ear nails and find all your leashes, it’s Lobotomy & Other Fun Time Activities this week on Hysteria 51.
Special thanks to this week’s sources:
This is Why Lobotomy is the Worst Surgery in History - https://youtu.be/4WrMfY2Mj2Y
Medical Xpress - https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-05-doctors-vibrators-women.html
L.A. Times - https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-09-16-we-35675-story.html#:~:text=or%20Log%20In-,Medical%20Science%20Opens%20Up%20a%20Can%20of%20Worms%20With%20Leech,or%20other%20extremities%20surgically%20reattached.&text=One%20of%20the%20Southland's%20newest,when%20applied%20to%20a%20patient.
Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/symptoms-causes/syc-20351691#:~:text=Clostridioides%20difficile%20(klos%2DTRID%2D,difficile%20or%20C.Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/syphilis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351756#:~:text=This%20rash%20is%20usually%20not,as%20long%20as%20a%20year.
Lithotomy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithotomy#Technique
Britannica - https://www.britannica.com/science/lobotomy
Midnight Pulp - https://blog.midnightpulp.com/man-travelled-us-loboto-mobile-preforming-ice-pick-lobotomies/
South Australian Medical Heritage Society Inc - https://www.samhs.org.au/Virtual%20Museum/Surgery/Leucotomy/Leucotomy.html
Neolithic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neolithic
MDLinx - https://www.mdlinx.com/article/-barbaric-medical-practices-still-used-today/lfc-3762
The Conversation - https://theconversation.com/five-bloodcurdling-medical-procedures-that-are-no-longer-performed-thankfully-75818
The Free Medical Dictionary - https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/maneuvers#:~:text=noun%20Any%20form%20of%20management,evoke%20a%20result%20or%20outcome.&text=noun%20A%20procedure%20or%20series,movements%20with%20caution%20and%20skill.
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