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Messing with My Head By Howard Dully

Messing with My Head
by Howard Dully

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Howard Dully was 12 years old when he was given a lobotomy. Expelled from the mainstream medical community, his once-popular procedure now a grisly medical relic, Dr Walter Freeman was eager to turn this temperamental 12-year-old into a submissive boy - especially after hearing the terrible lies his stepmother told about him.
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Messing with My Head: The shocking true story of my lobotomy by Howard Dully

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 and stepmother delivered him into the hands of the man who had invented the 'ice pick' lobotomy. Expelled from the mainstream medical community, his once-popular procedure now a grisly medical relic, Dr Walter Freeman was eager to turn this temperamental 12-year-old into a submissive boy - especially after hearing the terrible lies his stepmother told about him. Howard, told he was going into the hospital for tests, was instead given electro-shock treatments and a transorbital lobotomy. It took him 40 years to recover. Howard Dully's escape from that dark place is a voyage of enormous hope and universal appeal.

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Messing with My Head Reviews


"extraordinary" * Mail on Sunday *
"Dully has written a forceful account of his survival" * Observer *
"astonishingly free of rancour" * The Times *
"...one of the saddest stories you'll ever read" * New York Times *
"...his story is both moving and revolting...he faces his past honestly" * FT magazine *

About Howard Dully


Howard Dully was born in 1948. At the age of 12, he became one of the youngest victims of the ice pick lobotomy. It would take him 40 years to recover. Abandoned by his family within a year of surgery, Howard was institutionalised in his teens, incarcerated in his twenties, and homeless and alcoholic in his thirties. But in his forties, in love with a woman who was determined to have a life with him, Howard got sober, got married, got a degree and emerged into a kind of normalcy. He is now a bus driver, who lives happily with his wife in California. This is his first book. Helping Howard tell his story is journalist and writer Charles Fleming, former Newsweek staff writer and Vanity Fair contributor.

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GOR001610147
Messing with My Head: The shocking true story of my lobotomy by Howard Dully
Howard Dully
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Ebury Publishing
2009-06-04
288
0091922135
9780091922139
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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