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Paperback My Lobotomy: A Memoir Book

ISBN: 0307381277

ISBN13: 9780307381279

My Lobotomy: A Memoir

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Howard Dully was 12 years old when he was given a lobotomy. He was 56 years old when he found out why. The four decades in between tell a story of profound love and compassion. In 1960 Howard's father... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Inside the mind of a kid with a lobotomy!

This book gives you good insight from a kid's perspective. It is chilling how step-parents/parents can ruin a young child's childhood. How innocence is lost. Good read, couldn't put it down! Glad the gentleman in this case became an advocate for this atrocity.


This is an amazing story about a person who could have been any one of us. Parental control found it's way to a 'doctor' with an agenda. The rest of the story can be anyone's guess. This person made it in the end and created this riveting true story. A hard to put down book!

A brave child and phenominal man...

As a child psychotherapist I work with children who are emotionally disturbed in a special school. I often see how some children fall between the cracks in society and really have noone to pull them out, even clinical social workers as myself. It can be disheartening at times. This memior gives anyone who deals with struggles an opportunity to read about the true feelings of a (I feel) neglected child, and then what became a successful man through his journey after being the victim of a horrific surgery. I am sorry that Howard Dully didn't have someone to pull for him. However, I think that due to this memior more people will open their eyes about how children were treated with behavioral issues back then and how they are treated now. What a riviting look at mental illness. A great read and I encourage Howard to continue writing.

Boy, Interrupted

I read this book in one 6-hour sitting. It's real, riveting, and heart-wrenching. Howard Dully didn't stand a chance against the odds he faced. The fact that he found the courage to ask the hard question~ Why? ~speaks highly of his nature and spirit. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with the issues of childhood and trying to come to terms with what it all means.

A Painful Read but Worth It

I read a review of this book in my local paper. What prompted me to buy it was the outrage of all those who heard Mr. Dully on NPR, causing their website to crash. Not hearing his intereview, I knew I had to read "his story." While ultimately one rejoices with Mr. Dully, this is such a painful book to read. One will surely feel outrage towards all those who were involved with the horrors perpetrated against Dully. Not only a powerful memoir on how people can rise above even the worst scenarios and the indomitability of the human spirit, this book gives a small window into what can happen when "agencies," and other "institutions" come into the fray and take over, and how one's life can be so diabolically altered by just one professional's own bizarre beliefs. This book will also give one a whole new appreciation for anyone labeled "mentally ill" or "mentally unstable." This reader hopes Dr. Freeman is rotting in hell.
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