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February 8, 2016

The Lobotomy Files

“The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.”

“The VA’s practice, described in depth here for the first time, sometimes brought veterans relief from their inner demons. Often, however, the surgery left them little more than overgrown children, unable to care for themselves. Many suffered seizures, amnesia and loss of motor skills. Some died from the operation itself.”

Categories: Human Interest

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  1. proudestamerican

    December 11, 2013
    3:23 pm

    holy crap

  2. Rob

    December 11, 2013
    4:22 pm

    Why are homosexuals paid $28,000,000,000 (billion) annually for mental and physical help?

  3. xbox361

    December 12, 2013
    11:24 pm

    Was Obama in charge of this program…looks like his style.

  4. Robert Woods

    December 13, 2013
    1:00 am

    Don’t forget about Rosemary Kennedy and her tragic end.

  5. johngardner

    December 13, 2013
    1:49 am

    Also practiced fairly widely on civilian mental patients despite serious reservations about it from a number of doctors.

  6. JD

    December 13, 2013
    3:30 am

    This is just a gigantic ad for Boeing with a two-paragraph quotation from another source. It doesn’t even include original commentary. Get off my screen and don’t come back.

    • gullyborg

      December 14, 2013
      2:17 am

      Did you actually click on that other source? You may have heard of it – it’s the Wall Street Journal. Now you get off my screen and don’t come back.

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