I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy…

…At least, that’s what I most definitely say after reading this account of The rise & fall of the prefrontal lobotomy.

One question that stands out: How could a stepmother force her stepson to get a lobotomy just because she didn’t like his sullenness and defiance, even after being told by other doctors that there was nothing wrong with the boy? An observation that stands out is that medicine and surgery are periodically caught up in fads. That’s why it’s every bit as important to apply evidence-based medicine to the newest procedures and treatments as it is to apply it to alternative medicine.