Thursday, November 17, 2005

Howard Dully: "My Lobotomy"

Howard Dully was twelve years old when he was subjected to a transorbital lobotomy in 1960:

"If you saw me you'd never know I'd had a lobotomy," Dully says. "The only thing you'd notice is that I'm very tall and weigh about 350 pounds. But I've always felt different--wondered if something's missing from my soul. I have no memory of the operation, and never had the courage to ask my family about it. So two years ago I set out on a journey to learn everything I could about my lobotomy."
I heard most of "My Lobotomy" on National Public Radio last night. What Howard Dully endured--and why--beggars description.

LINK: "My Lobotomy": Howard Dully's Journey (from National Public Radio)

Update: This documentary aired on NPR but was produced by Sound Portraits. (Thanks to dalton for this information--see comment below.)

LINK: More on "My Lobotomy" (from Sound Portraits)

LINK: Sound Portraits Sound Portraits' radio documentaries are available as RealAudio files from its website.

comments: 3

dalton said...

I am the webmaster for the company that produced the documentary, Sound Portraits. I was lucky enough to meet Howard Dully at the premiere last Monday, and he is the nicest, most sincere person I've ever met. His story is truly shocking and inspiring.

If you'd like more information on the documentary, you can check our site at

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for your comment, dalton. I updated my post to credit Sound Portraits and to add a couple of links to your site.

Anonymous said...

A book is being writen now, it will be out in the fall of 2007