The history of psychiatry has never been pretty. We continue to be chemically lobotomized.
On a blog from the Toronto Sun Alan Parker takes on some of the dark history. An excerpt from the article which I quote below tells the story of perhaps the most famous victim of the procedure:
Rosemary Kennedy was 23 in 1941 when she became the 66th patient on whom Freeman and Watts performed a lobotomy.
The operation was undertaken at the request of her father, Joseph Kennedy, the bootlegging Boston millionaire and political powerhouse who founded the Kennedy dynasty.
Rosemary was said to have been considered retarded by members of her family, but that assessment has been widely disputed by subsequent analysts, including Dr. Bertram Brown, then-executive director of the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation.
Rosemary may not have been as brilliant as other members of her family, but she was a fully functioning person, kept a diary, had an active social life, attended balls, plays and operas, and was presented to both President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King George VI.
Her father sought the lobotomy to cure what he called “moodiness,” fits of irritability and rebelliousness. There also appears to be some fear on her father’s part that she might embarrass the family by becoming pregnant out of wedlock during one of her many escapes from the convent where she was being educated and “cared for.”
Well, Rosemary’s moodiness was cured. So was her ability to think coherently, speak and control her bowels.
The operation reduced her to a babbling, infantile state. She was soon shipped to a residential institution in Wisconsin where she died just four years ago. Cause of death was listed as natural causes.
He makes an emphasis in his article with the daunting line:
Now here’s what blows me away: The guy who gave the world this procedure was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
The purpose of a lobotomy is/was ostensibly to treat mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety.
From the mid-1930s through the 1950s, about 70,000 people worldwide were lobotomized. More than 40,000 of that number were in the U.S. alone.
It was literally a fad.
Someday perhaps our current system will be recognized for the barbarism that still exists. All these poisons we’ve all so readily accepted as cure also recognized by history as a fad that has lasted way too long. Treating undesirable behavior with chemical restraint and numbing, brain damaging drugs rather than getting to the root cause of trauma, toxicity, and nutritional problems which can be healed with love and attention to the body/mind/spirit as documented all over this blog.