Surgically Induced Childhood


"Surgically Induced Childhood" was a term used for people who had recently gone through the lobotomy. It was believed that the lack of many normal mental capabilities, the distraction, the stupefaction, and other issues were because the lobotomy patient was regressing to a younger mental age.

The lobotomy in many cases either turned them into a vegetable or simply made them more docile, passive, and easy to control—often much less intelligent as well. Many of the doctors took this as being “good progress” because they didn’t know how else to treat severely mentally ill patients. During the days of the lobotomy, unless it killed someone they considered all of the permanent brain damage be a negative side effect of the treatment.

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