#TBT Review of My Lobotomy by Howard Dully


Published: 2007

Category: Autobiography/Memoir

Score: 3.5/5

Read: Sometime around 2010 (Don’t remember exactly)

Synopsis: At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric transorbital—or ice pick—lobotomy.

Review: This was a moving and touching story of a part of our history that is horrid and happened not to long ago. Lobotomy’s happened a lot and they were gross and bad things. No one deserved to have one and yet they were happening.

For those of you who don’t know a Lobotomy is defined as: is a nuro-surgical procedure, a form of psychosurgery. They put an “icepick” in your eyes and scramble your brain around.

This is a story about a 12-year-old boy who had one and his parents said it was okay for him to get this. His step-mother encouraged it. I feel  like there was something with his step-mother and a hatred toward Howard that this helped her decision along.


I have to applaud Howard for writing his story down. It has been a long hard struggle for him and you can tell by every word he writes in this book. It’s very important thou, it’s a first hand account of what happened to him and how he struggled with it but then overcome up to tell us.

The only reason I didn’t give it a higher score is because some parts of the story were really hard to read. I read them and I am glad now but for some it might not be something they can stomach. Also there were some parts that were drawn out near the end that made it harder to finish. Still really liked it and will read again some point in my life.

This is a great book that I think everyone should read. It was well written, truthful and painfully beautiful. You can’t ignore history, you have to learn it so we don’t repeat it.


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