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The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten Soldiers
Wall Street Journal, by Michael M. Phillips

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Posted By:muncssister, 12/11/2013 1:50:07 PM

Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him. “They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.” The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Mr. Tritz to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his

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A long, sad, and fascinating read. They even tracked down two psychiatrists, now 88 and 90, who were involved in the program.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Emerson, 12/11/2013 2:06:14 PM     (No. 9649827)

It could happen again - and not just to military veterans.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rarebear, 12/11/2013 2:31:12 PM     (No. 9649860)

This is what happens when you allow big government to make decisions for you based upon "your best interest" and "the common good". I wonder how much better our country would be if we gave all of D.C. a lobotomy? Couldn´t hurt.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/11/2013 3:21:03 PM     (No. 9649932)

Another reason to set up a network of "ombudsmen" (patient advocates) before any major interactions with "the healthcare system". Share information with trusted relatives, close friends, and legal counsel. Go to appointments with the identified patient. Ask questions. Take notes. Find out the names of all the key players (professional staff: doctors, nurses, therapists, and key administrators). The days of blind trust in and obedience towards "authority figures" is long gone, and good riddance. Proceed slowly, cautiously, and with much discussion and information from "experts" not connected with the clinical situation. We are adults. Let us function as adults instead of as dependent and passive children.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: The Advocate, 12/11/2013 3:28:26 PM     (No. 9649940)

Government run healthcare.
Obamacare.
Will the Tea Party be given lobotomies to go with their Audits? /s.
God Bless Mr/Livits and his fellow sufferers today.
VA "treated" nephew for depression afters tpors of Iraq and Afghanistan.
After several suicide attempts,he has lost his short term memory and is on medication unable to care for himself or his family.
Why is their a Wounded Warrior Organization?
Why is our government money laundering 1 Billion funds to Canadian Company with VP BFF Black Grad of Princeton and Michelles classsmate and Val Jars Daughter and SIL -and Neglecting our Veterans?
The Veterans deserve Americas support - the Black Leftist/IslamistMafia does NOT.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: alpha91c, 12/11/2013 4:42:56 PM     (No. 9650030)

I am from the government and I will help you.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: I want to be president, 12/11/2013 7:46:16 PM     (No. 9650206)

How about this idea. When the baby gets the shots there is a chip installed. Like the one we put in our pets????

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/11/2013 10:19:15 PM     (No. 9650336)

#4 has it right. Many health care professionals like myself are already giving advice, educating friends and relatives about how to protect themselves while maneuvering doctor´s offices and hospitals. I tell them the days are over when you just blindly put yourself at the disposal of any hospital or physician. Ask lots of questions and make it clear you want answers. Older folks need an advocate who goes along with them. Be kind yet firm. To be passive can put yourself in danger.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/12/2013 5:09:32 AM     (No. 9650502)

Lobotomies would fit right in with Homeland Security´s FEMA camps.

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